So I am making some chili for a work contest, and I decided to use a new recipe/approach for some reason. It was largely based on the food lab's chili.
Here is what I did... edit: To be clear, I did not follow the serious eats recipe. I just used elements of it and then used the steps that I have listed below.
- reconstitute some dried chilis in chicken broth (and a fresh jalapeno). Blend this later to make part of the liquid base
- brown some beef chuck in a dutch oven
- Add some chopped yellow onion and some garlic that I grated on a microplane
- add tomato paste, continue to brown for a bit
- add chili broth, more chicken broth, oregano, salt, pepper, some cumin, and a single square of bitter chocolate
- stew for several hours before adding some beans
The results are really just now coming together, and it honestly tastes a lot like a beef curry. That's not a bad taste by any means, but I'm wondering if it is the best thing to submit to a chili cookoff. Do you guys think there is anything that I can do to bring it slightly back to a more typical chili taste?