Game Day Chili

The bit of bittersweet chocolate in this chili is optional, but try it-it keeps the heat of the chili seasoning in check and adds richness.

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep: 40 mins
  • Slow Cook: 6 hrs to 7 hrs on low, or 3 to 3-1/2 hours on high
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Game Day Chili
Ingredients
1
recipe Chili Seasoning Puree
1 1/2
pounds ground beef chuck
1
1
stalk celery, sliced
1
28 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
1
14 ounce can beef broth
1 1/2
cups pitted dried plums, chopped
1 1/2
cups water
1
6 ounce can tomato paste
2
tablespoons smoked paprika
2
teaspoons ground coriander
1
teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4
teaspoon ground cloves
1
ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Directions
  1. Prepare Chili Seasoning Puree; set aside. In a 6-quart Dutch oven cook ground beef, onion, and celery over medium-high heat until meat is browned and onion is tender, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat.
  2. Transfer meat mixture to a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Stir in Chili Seasoning Puree, tomatoes, broth, plums, the water, tomato paste, paprika, coriander, crushed red pepper, and cloves.
  3. Cook, covered, on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours (or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3-1/2 hours). Stir in chocolate if serving immediately.
From the Test Kitchen

If making ahead, cool chili slightly. Transfer to refrigerator storage containers, cover, and refrigerate up to 8 hours. Two hours before serving, transfer chili to a slow cooker. Reheat, covered, on high-heat setting for 1 to 2 hours or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Stir in chocolate just before serving.

Chili Seasoning Puree
Ingredients
2
dried ancho, mulato, or pasilla chile peppers
3/4
cup beef broth
5
pitted dried plums (prunes)
1
fresh jalapeno chile pepper, seeded and chopped
Directions
  1. In a small bowl combine ancho, mulato, or pasilla chile peppers and enough boiling water to cover. Let stand for 30 minutes; drain well. Wearing plastic gloves, remove stems and seeds from peppers. In a food processor or blender combine drained chile peppers; beef broth; dried plums (prunes), and jalapeno chile pepper. Cover, process or blend until smooth.
Nutrition Facts (Game Day Chili)
    Per serving:
  • 343 kcal cal.,
  • 14 g fat
  • (5 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 6 g monounsatured fat),
  • 58 mg chol.,
  • 702 mg sodium,
  • 38 g carb.,
  • 7 g fiber,
  • 21 g sugar,
  • 20 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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