Found a good-looking chili recipe on the Better Homes and Garden website and thought I'd try it. Made a few alterations and, wow, it's fantastic. Don't let the ingredients put you off. Make it and try it!
1 Recipe Chili Seasoning, (recipe below)
1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck
1 1/2 large onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, sliced
2 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika
2 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 can kidney beans
1 32 ounce container beef broth
1 6 ounce can tomato paste
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped or
1 semi-sweet, 1 unsweetened
1/2 cups dried plums, chopped
Prepare Chili Seasoning Puree. In 6-quart Dutch oven cook beef, onion, and celery until meat is browned, stirring as needed. Drain fat.
Stir in Chili Puree, paprika, coriander, crushed red pepper, and cloves. Cook and stir 2 minutes. Stir in undrained tomatoes, beef broth, kidney beans and tomato paste. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Add chocolate and plums. Simmer, covered, 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Makes 12 servings.
Chili Seasoning Puree
2 dried chili peppers
¼ cup jarred, tamed jalapeno peppers
3/4 cup beef broth
5 pitted dried plums
Place dried chile peppers in a bowl. Add boiling water to cover. Let stand 30 minutes. Drain; remove stems and seeds. In food processor or blender combine drained chile pepper, jalapeno pepper, beef broth, and dried plums. Cover and process or blend until smooth.