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What makes chili TEXAS chili?  No BEANS.  No, don’t you do it.  Don’t you be puttin’ beans in that pot.  Don’t even think about it….

Texas Chili

“What is that drizzle of white silk on top,” you might ask?  Well, it’s heavenly cheese sauce of course!

Texas Style Chili

5 dried ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded
2 c. beef broth
3 lb. boneless beef chuck, cut into 1-in. cubes, seasoned with salt and pepper
1/4 c. vegetable oil, divided
1/2 c. beef broth
2 c. diced onion
2 c. diced bell pepper
3 T. minced garlic
2 minced canned chipotles in adobo
1 T. chili powder
1 t. ground cumin
1 t. cinnamon
1 can whole tomatoes in juice, chopped (28 oz.)
1 can crushed tomatoes (15 oz.)
2 cans golden hominy, drained (15 oz. each)
1/4 c. masa harina

1.  Heat ancho chiles in 2 c. broth in a saucepan over high until boiling.  Off heat, let chiles soak until tender, 15 minutes.  Puree chiles and broth in a food processor, then strain through a fine sieve.  Discard solids and set puree aside.

2.  Brown half the beef in 2 T. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, about 5 minutes.  Repeat browning with remaining meat and 2 T. oil.  Transfer beef to a slow cooker.  Deglaze the skillet with 1/2 c. beef broth, scraping bits from bottom, then add to slow cooker.

3.  Add reserved chile puree, onion, bell peppers, garlic, chipotles, chili powder, cumin, and cinnamon to the slow cooker.  Top mixture with chopped and crushed tomatoes and hominy.

4.  Cook chili on high heat until beef is tender, about 4 hours.  Sprinkle in masa harina and stir to combine.  Cook chili 30 minutes more.

Jack Cheese Sauce 

2 T. unsalted butter
1 t. red pepper flakes
2 T. masa harina, or all-purpose flour
2 c. whole milk
2 c. shredded monterey jack cheese

Heat butter and pepper flakes in a large saucepan over medium.  Whisk in masa harina and cook 1-2 minutes.

Gradually add milk, whisking until smooth.  Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until thick, 2-3 minutes.  Whisk in cheese until melted.  Season with salt and lime juice.
*Masa harina is hard to find!  If you can’t find it, just skip it in the chili.

Recipe Source:  Cuisine at Home