Tidewater Chili

from Entertaining Ideas from Williamsburg

Ingredients:

  • 4 large onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup peanut oil
  • 3 cans (28 ounces each) Italian plum tomatoes
  • 2 cans (29 ounces each) tomato puree
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 2 Tbsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. basil
  • 1/3 cup chili powder
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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. cumin
  • 2 pounds Surry County, Virginia smoked sausage or Italian smoked sausage
  • 5 pounds lean chuck
  • 4 cans (15 ounces each) red kidney beans, drained

Directions:

Sauté the onion and garlic in the peanut oil over medium heat. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato puree, herbs and spices, and simmer while cooking the meats. Cut the sausage into 1/2-inch pieces and brown. Drain and add to the tomato mixture. Brown the chuck in small batches; drain and add to the tomato mixture. Simmer for one hour. Add the beans and stir gently. Serves 18 to 20.

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