SLOW COOKER SHREDDED BEEF CHILI

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Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Chili is my signature Chili recipe made with pulled beef! With deeper, even more complex flavours than classic Chilli Con Carne, beef is slow cooked in a rich, heavily spiced sauce until it’s fall apart tender, then gently teased apart before being tossed back into the sauce.Make this in your slow cooker – OR pressure cooker, stove or oven. Directions provided for all!

To the extent I’m mindful, the title for the world’s best Chili actually sits with the first Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington DC. It’s a foundation, with an overview beguile. The sort of where you need to battle for a table and shout to place in your order.Give me that any day over the tranquil quiet of high end food!

Visiting Ben’s was the impetus for my central goal to make my own unmistakable bean stew con carne. I didn’t attempt to duplicate Ben’s since I know it’s unrealistic. It would resemble attempting to figure out the KFC code! (Which I have tried)So this, my companions, is my unique Chili. A pulled meat bean stew. A similar rich, complex, vigorously spiced flavor in the sauce as exemplary Chili – with delicious destroyed hamburger!

This is what you need for Shredded Beef Chili.That’s correct (she says solidly). Stew Powder as far as you might be concerned in the US is really a zest blend made with flavors including ground stew, cumin and oregano. Other than not being promptly accessible external the States, the kind of Chili Powder shifts from one brand to another. Being that it’s made of fundamental flavors, it’s such a ton better to make your own which is our main thing here – more predictable flavor!

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My signature Chili recipe, made with pulled beef! The sauce has richer, more complex flavours that you can never achieve using ground / mince beef like traditional Chilli Con Carne. If you’re out of time, skip browning the beef – then it’s a 5 minute prep job, “set and forget”. Freezes exceptionally well.

Ingredients

BEEF BROWNING

  • 2kg / 4lb beef chuck roast (Note 1)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp EACH salt and pepper

FLAVOUR BASE

  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 onions , diced (brown, yellow, white)
  • 1 large red capsicum/bell pepper , seeds removed and diced
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) beef broth/stock (or water)

CHILI

  • 800g / 28oz canned red kidney beans , drained (2 x 400g/14oz cans)
  • 800g/28oz crushed tomato
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup (250 ml) beef broth/stock

HOMEMADE CHILI SPICES (NOTE 2)

  • 1 tbsp EACH cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, smoked paprika (or plain paprika)
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper , or to taste (spiciness)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper.

SAUCE THICKENER

  • 3 tbsp cornflour / corn starch
  • 1/4 cup (65ml) beef broth/stock or water.

Instructions

BROWN BEEF (NOTE 2)

  • Cut the beef into four equal sizes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat 1/2 the oil in a heavy based skillet over high heat. Brown beef well all over – about 1 1/2 minute on each side, then remove onto a plate.
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SAUTE AROMATICS

  • Add a touch more oil if needed.
  • Add the garlic, onion and capsicum (bell peppers) and saute until caramelised, around 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add 1/2 cup beef broth, bring to simmer, scraping the bottom of the skillet to dissolve brown bits into the liquid. Simmer for 30 seconds then scrape it all into the slow cooker.

SLOW COOK!

  • In the slow cooker, add the beans, tomato, tomato paste, beef broth and Chili Spices. Stir, then add beef – it won’t be fully submerged, beef juices will raise liquid level (see video).
  • Cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Remove beef from slow cooker and shred with two forks.

THICKEN SAUCE

  • Mix cornflour and 1/4 cup beef stock, then pour into slow cooker. Add beef, then slow cook for a further 20 minutes to allow sauce to thicken.
  • Adjust seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.

TO SERVE

  • Serve with garnishes of choice, such as sour cream, guacamole or diced avocado, grated cheese, coriander/cilantro. Serve either with corn chips or cornbread for dunking, or serve over rice!.

Recipe Notes:

1. Beef – beef chuck is ideal, it’s marble with fat so it’s juicy and it shreds well. Boneless beef short rib is also ideal – beautifully juicy and also shreds well (slightly stringier than chuck).Other cuts that work:

  • Brisket will also work but it’s leaner
  • Bolar blade roast – quite a lean cut but will work great, add 1 hour to cook time
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2. Homemade Chili Powder – Chili Powder as sold in the US is a mix of spices. The flavour differs from brand to brand and also it’s not readily available outside the Sites. So I prefer to make my own – more consistent flavour outcome of the dish.

3. Searing the beef adds extra flavour as well as helping to seal the juices in the beef. But it’s an optional step – skip it to save time, just place everything in the slow cooker Still super delicious!

4. Other cook methods:

  • Stove & oven – Add 1 cup water and simmer covered for 2.5 hours on low heat, or 3 hours (covered) in the oven at 160C/320F. Adjust sauce quantity at end with water if needed (depends how much evaporation there is which depends on how heavy your pot lid is)
  • Pressure cooker / instant pot – 60 minutes on high

5. Storage – leftovers keeps 100% perfectly in the fridge for 4 – 5 days, or in the freezer for 3 months (thaw then reheat)

6. Nutrition per serving, Chili only (no toppings)

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