Serpent Player's Famous Texas Chili Recipe

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(how to feed 6-8 hungry serpentists)

4        lbs. ground beef (at least 80% lean)
3       16oz can dark red kidney beans
1        4.5oz can peeled & chopped green chilies (Old El Paso or similar)
2        8oz can tomato sauce
2        6oz can tomato paste
1        large green bell pepper
1        medium white onion
3        11oz bag white corn tortilla chips, round style (Jays or similar)
2/3 to 1 cup chili powder (*)
4 tbsp masa flour (commonly used to make tortillas & tamales, Quaker brand or similar) (*)
2-1/2 tbsp ground oregano (*)
1-1/2 tbsp paprika
1-1/2 tbsp ground red pepper (cayenne pepper) (*)
2 tbsp minced garlic
2 to 3 tsp salt, to taste (NOT tbsp!)

NOTE 1) tbsp = tablespoon, tsp = teaspoon
NOTE 2) ingredients marked (*) are also found in popular chili mixes, such as "Carroll Shelby's
Original Texas Brand Chili Mix" or "2 Alarm Chili Mix". If using these mixes instead of separate
ingredients, you will need two packages of mix to roughly equal the recommended amounts.
NOTE 3) both tomato sauce and tomato paste are used in this recipe. This is due primarily to
sugar content and really does affect the overall flavor.

+ Start heating 5 cups of water in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in salt and tomato sauce. DO NOT
+ Mix chopped onion & bell pepper with green chilies, while stirring in frying pan over low heat for
10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl for later use.
+ Break up ground beef into small chunks (think of a good size for picking up with a tortilla chip), and
place in covered frying pan to brown over medium heat. When half done, drain the grease. When done
browning, drain any remaining grease, then stir in onion/pepper mixture from bowl.
+ While beef is browning, stir in all spices (but NOT masa flour) to liquid in pot, mix thoroughly.
+ When beef is browned, stir tomato sauce into liquid in pot, then add beef and stir very thoroughly.
+ Cover pot and allow to simmer over low heat for 1/2 hour, stirring every 10 minutes.
+ Stir in masa flour, and continue to simmer another 15 minutes. While simmering, drain liquid from beans.
+ Stir in beans, and continue to simmer another 15 minutes.
+ Serve immediately, with lots of tortilla chips for dipping (use instead of a spoon). A dark beer will help
wash it down. If you would rather have soft drinks, Squirt or Fresca are excellent choices and their
flavor complements the spices very nicely.

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