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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Beef Brisket Chili

When I received my October 2008 issue of Bon Appetit, I immediately wanted to make the brisket on the cover, it looked so good. Of coarse, I ended up making a different version, but pretty much followed their recipe. I left out the autumn squash and used different chiles, spices and added beans, but the concept was close and it turned out great. I have a similar recipe for a steak and black bean chili that i will post when I come across it again.
Beef Brisket Chili
6 dried New Mexico chiles, stemmed, seeded and coarsely torn
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 1/4 lb. onion, chopped
1 4lb. flat cut beef brisket, cut into 2 to 3 inch cubes
Coarse kosher salt
6 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tsp. chipotle chili powder
2 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chiles
1 (12 oz) bottle Mexican beer
2 (4 oz) can diced fire-roasted green chiles
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro stems
2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed
Place chiles in medium bowl. Cover with boiling water. Soak, covered with plastic wrap, for 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.
preheat oven to 350. Heat olive oil in large ovenproof pot over medium-high heat. Add onion. Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook 5 minutes. Sprinkle salt over beef and add to pot; stir to coat. Set aside.
Drain chiles, reserving soaking liquid. Place chiles in food processor. Add 1 cup of liquid, garlic, chili powder, cumin seeds, oregano, coriander and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Puree, adding more liquid if too thick. Pour over beef in pot. Add tomatoes with juices, beer, green chiles and cilantro stems. Stir to coat evenly.
Bring to a simmer. Cover and place in oven. Cook 2 hours. Uncover and cook another hour. Add beans and cook another 45 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Tilt pot and spoon off any excess fat.
Garnish with chopped cilantro, sour cream or grated cheese.

1 comment:

Erica said...

I was thinking about making that Bon Appetit recipe but wasn't up for cooking bacon and didn't know if i could find butternut squash in february... I found your version and it turned out awesome! The only changes were that I used powdered New Mexico chiles and Chipotle peppers from a can. Also I cooked it up in the crockpot... 4 or 5 hours. Definately a keeper!!