Note: I like spicy food, so I doubled up on the jalapeño and chipotle peppers. It had some good heat, but it was nothing unbearable if your friends don't like the heat. Also, use Mexican oregano.
In a small dry skillet over low heat add the ancho peppers, oregano, paprika, coriander, cumin, and chili powder. Cook until they begin to smell, about 2 minutes.
Put the spices into a spice mill or food processor and grind until they are powdered. Set aside.
Note: I doubled up the recipe, so don't let the photos mislead you on the volume. I didn't double up on the toasted spices, the recipe makes enough to double up what goes in the chili.
Heat a large heavy bottomed casserole over medium heat; add 3 tablespoons olive oil and the onions. Note: I had half a red onion, so I threw it in for color.
Cook until the onions are soft and beginning to caramelize, about 10 minutes.
Add it to the pot and cook, stirring frequently, until it has browned on all sides, about 10 minutes.
Pat the beef dry and season it with salt and pepper. Note: the chuck has more fat on it than stew beef, don't skimp on the meat, find chuck.
Add 2 tablespoons of the toasted spice mix, the garlic, chipotle, jalapeno, tomatoes, cinnamon stick, and sugar. Season with salt and stir well.
Add some hot water until the meat is just covered with liquid. Return to the boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 1 1/2 hours.
Remove the meat and shred it with a fork.
Return it to the pot, stir in the masa harina and chocolate, and cook for another 10 minutes, uncovered, to thicken. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Serve with the queso fresco, cilantro, and lime for garnish.
- Lime for garnish
- 3.0 Dried ancho peppers, seeded and stemmed
- 1.0 Stick cinnamon
- 2.0Tbsp Dried oregano
- 1.0tsp Sugar
- 1.0oz Mexican chocolate, 1/2 tablet
- Cilantro leaves, for garnish
- Kosher salt
- Fresh ground black pepper
- 6.0 Cloves garlic, chopped
- 1.0Tbsp Cumin seeds
- Grated queso fresco, for garnish
- 2.0 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes, hand crushed
- 2.0Tbsp Whole coriander seed
- 3.0Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
- 1.0 Canned chipotle chile, chopped
- 0.0 Jalapeño pepper, chopped
- 2.0Tbsp Sweet paprika
- 3.0lb Beef chuck, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2.0 Onions, chopped
- 2.0Tbsp Masa harina
- 1.0Tbsp Chili powder
Los Angeles, California