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Big BOLD Beef Chili

Serves: 8

Ingredients

* 2 T. vegetable oil
* 4 lbs. beef chuck or sirloin steak, cut into 1" cubes
* kosher Salt
* freshly ground black pepper
* 2 medium yellow onions, diced
* 8 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 jalepeno, finely diced
* 1 bay leaf
* 3/4 c. red chili powder
* 1 T. ground cumin
* 2 T. dried oregano
* 1 t. cayenne pepper, or to taste
* 32 oz. peeled, chopped tomatoes with their juice
* 2 c. good quality red wine, such as zinfandel or cabernet sauvignon
* 1 38 oz. canned red kidney beans, rinsed
* 1 15 oz. canned black beans, rinsed
* 1 15 oz. can pinto beans, rinsed
* 1 1/2 c. chicken broth, homemade or low-sodium canned
* grated cheddar cheese
* sour cream
* sliced green onions
* chopped fresh cilantro

Preparation

Heat the oil in a large, heavy bottom pot over medium-high heat. Season beef cubes generously with salt and pepper. Sear the meat in small batches, until well browned on all sides. (Add more oil to the pan if necessary.) Transfer meat to a bowl and reserve.

Discard all but 2 tablespoons of oil from the pan. Saute the onions over medium heat for about 10 minutes until softened. Scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of pan with a wooden spoon. Add the garlic, jalapeno and bay leaf and saute for another 2 minutes. Stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano and cayenne. Stir in tomatoes, wine and the broth. Add meat with any accumulated juices to the pot. Bring to a gentle simmer. Season the chili with salt and pepper to taste and stew the meat with the lid slightly ajar until the meat is almost tender, about 3 hours.

Add the beans to the chili. Simmer for 1 hour more or until the meat is tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and offer a selection of condiments like grated cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro and chopped green onions.

To Serve

Serve with warm cornbread and a mixed green salad with buttermilk dressing.