Historic Jailhouse Chili

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 cans beer
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 (12 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 2 tablespoons red chili powder (or to taste)
  • 1 can chili beans in gravy
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon until crisp; crumble. Season and brown sausage and ground beef; drain well. Reserve 1/4 cup of fat and sauté onion and garlic in large stockpot. Add bacon, meat, beer, tomato paste, tomato sauce, oregano, cumin and chili powder; simmer for 2 hours.
  2. Add beans and cook for 20 minutes more.
  3. Serve with grated cheese. If you like it hotter, add finely minced serrano chiles.

Source: August 1999 Gold Platter Award Recipe Contest

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