Chili on a chilly day

Well, my kids did not have school Tuesday because of expected rains with freezing temperatures which were going to cause ice to form on the roads. It did drizzle and it was cold but there wasn’t enough rain or cold enough temperatures for any icy roads. Needless to say, we did enjoy the random day off – sleeping in, watching movies and staying in our comfy clothes all day. I even cooked my chili which I usually only make for Halloween. I got the delicious, award-winning recipe from my mom who found it in a magazine (not sure which one) years ago. She used to cook it and freeze it to take with us on our snow skiing trips.

Making this chili is a process and it takes three hours of cooking time but trust me, it’s worth it.

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2 1/2 pounds boneless chuck roast diced (I split evenly chili meat and stew meat)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

4 cups water

1/4 cup diced onion

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon red pepper

4 whole jalapeno peppers

2-3 tablespoon chili powder

2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon ground oregano

1/8 teaspoon ground bay leaf

2 beef flavored bouillon cubes

1- 8 ounce can tomato sauce

2-3 tablespoon chili powder

2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon red pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

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Next, add the water, onion, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, salt, red pepper and jalapeno peppers. Bring that to a boil then simmer uncovered for one hour. Add water as needed to keep liquid 1/2 inch above the meat throughout the cooking procedure.

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Remove the jalapeno peppers and strain the liquid from the peppers. I do this by putting the peppers in a strainer, holding the strainer over a bowl and using a fork to smash the peppers. Discard the peppers after you have done this.

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Add the pepper liquid, 2-3 tablespoons chili powder and next five ingredients. Stir well. Simmer uncovered for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Add the remaining 2-3 tablespoons chili powder and remaining ingredients then simmer for 15 minutes. Serve with shredded cheese and Fritos. Enjoy!!

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