Dallas Farmer’s Market Cookoff Chili
4 lbs. fresh meat (see below)
1 tsp. black pepper
2 beers or 750 ml zinfandel
1-3 tsps. oregano
2 Jalapeno peppers (chopped)
1 tbsp. cumin powder
2-4 tbsps. chili powder
1 tbsp. salt
4 cloves crushed garlic
1 16 oz. can tomato sauce
1 tbsp. finely chopped green onions
2 tbsps. chopped bell pepper
2 lbs. ground beef (chili grind)
1 lb. ground pork (chili grind)
1 lb. ground Italian sausage
12 oz. Mexican chorizo sausage
Mix all the meat in a large kettle, then cut open the chorizo wrapping and squeeze out the contents into the mixture of the 4 lbs. of other meats. Brown the meat, stirring occasionally to mix well. Once the meat has browned, add the tomato sauce, beer (or wine) and all of the seasonings. It is a good idea at this early juncture to use only half of the chili pepper and oregano and reserve the rest until later so that you can season to your taste.
Cook over low-medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, then reduce heat to low and cover. Cook covered for 1 hour, stirring from time to time. Sample for taste, increase seasoning as desired, and cook on low for another hour, stirring occasionally.
Sample again and add additional cumin, chili pepper, oregano, Jalapenos to suit your taste; turn off heat and place in the refrigerator over night. Reheat on the following day and serve. For an especially tasty Presentation, serve up in bowls and sprinkle the top with chopped white onions and shredded Monterrey Jack and cheddar cheeses.
Feeds 6 to 8. Enjoy!