When I get together with Kim and Rich, it is common for us to make chili. The 3 of us really like chili and are often trying to find new ways to make it. Last year, they made a vanilla chili when I wasn't around so I never got to taste it! Today's batch uses plantains as a thickener and it really added a neat flavor to the overall bowl! I think this is the best chili I have ever made and I will definitely repeat this recipe in the future.
The plantains needed some simmer time with the chiles to help them soften.
Then they were mashed.
And mixed with yogurt.
The chile stock is ready, so it gets blended.
Start browning all the meats.
In the same pot that the meats were browned in.
Tomato paste at this stage adds a nice depth to the flavor.
The stock went in, followed by all the meats.
Have you guys tried this Magic Hat seasonal? I have been loving it lately! It has a slight coffee flavor.
In goes the plantain mix.
A quick spice blend.
Now this just sat for an hour and a half. Taste it about half way to see if you need to add anything.
It was really thick and had a slight banana background flavor
Not a tough recipe, but time consuming. First take like 15 dried chiles, a few different varieties if you can, and put them into 4 cups of boiling water. I also added half a small tin of chipotle peppers to this mix. Take out the seeds, but keep all the juice from in the tin. Drop 2 plantains in this mix but remove before blending. Turn the heat down and let them simmer for a half hour. Then blend it all up in a blender or with an immersion blender. Keep this chile juice around near the stove.
Dice about 5 cloves of garlic, 3 celery stalks, an onion, a bell pepper, and 3 jalapenos. Brown in batches, a pound of ground beef, 2 pounds of chuck (cut into small pieces), and half pound of bacon (chopped) and set aside. In the same pan, with the fat and everything, cook the celery, onion and both peppers on high. add some salt. When everything looks slightly brown, add the garlic. Then add a small can of tomato paste. Next add the chile juice and all the meats. Toss in a beer. Mash up those plantains from earlier and mix in yogurt, then add it to the pot. Add 2 cans of beans. The last step is to add some sugar and spice. I added sugar, cumin, coriander, and a small amount of cinnamon and clove. Let this simmer for like an hour and a half, tasting occasionally to adjust seasonings, and you will end up with something amazing.