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This here is real deal Chili Con Carne! Made with chopped beef chuck, ground pork and a puree of soaked ancho and guajillo chiles, garlic, cumin, and other spices that simmers and thickens for a perfect Tex Mex chili meal.
Real Chili Con Carne
Prep Time
24 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 12 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 36 mins
 

This here is real Chili Con Carne! Made with chopped beef chuck, ground pork and a puree of soaked ancho and guajillo chiles, garlic, cumin, and other spices that simmers and thickens for a perfect Tex Mex chili meal. Recipe video included.

Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Tex Mex, Western
Keyword: chile con carne, tex mex chili
Servings: 10
Calories: 498 kcal
Author: Kevin Is Cooking
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs beef chuck (diced 1/4 inch cubes)
  • 2 lbs ground pork
  • 1 onion (large, chopped)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil or lard
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
Chile Purée
  • 4 dried Ancho chiles
  • 4 dried Guajillo chiles
  • 2 jalapeño or serano chiles
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Mexican oregano
  • 2 tsp sugar
Instructions
  1. Place dried chiles in a container, cover with boiling water and weigh down to submerge (I use a plate). Set aside to soften for 20 minutes. Remove and discard seeds (for less heat, optional) and stems.

  2. In a blender purée soaked chiles, 2 cups of the soaking liquid, garlic, cumin, paprika, black pepper, Mexican oregano and sugar (See Note 1).

  3. In a large skillet or Dutch oven heat vegetable oil over medium high heat and brown the diced beef chuck and ground pork. Season with salt. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Poor chili purée over browned meat and cook for 3 minutes, stirring often. Add enough water to cover by an inch and bring to a boil. Close the lid, lower the heat and simmer for 2 hours. Stir occasionally (See Note 2).

  5. Season to taste. Serve with toppings of choice like shredded cheese, sour cream, onions, cilantro and sliced jalapeños.

Recipe Notes
  1. If you can't find the dried chiles, substitute 1/3 cup chili powder and obviously skip the soaking and go straight to Step 2 above. Instead of the soaking liquid you can use hot water.
  2. If it gets too thick add more water OR if there is too much liquid then add 2 tablespoons of lard or vegetable oil and 2 tablespoons of flour to a fry pan and cook for several minutes. Stir this into the chili and cook for 3-5 minutes until chili is thickened.
Nutrition Facts
Real Chili Con Carne
Amount Per Serving
Calories 498 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 127mg 42%
Sodium 607mg 25%
Potassium 948mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 7g
Protein 35g 70%
Vitamin A 96.4%
Vitamin C 12.7%
Calcium 6.6%
Iron 27.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.