It's getting colder outside, and that means it's time for Chili.
The Kentucky Beef Council is show us the surprising ingredient in the winning recipe for the 2012 Derby Festival's Chili Challenge. It's chocolate!
In honor of the winning recipe, Kroger stores in the Louisville area have all the ingredients together for people to try. And through November 3rd, every time someone purchases ground beef, stew beef or brisket then they get a chance (the get a coupon at check out) to enter to win a beef chili prize pack and $100 Kroger Gift Card and 4 tickets to Thunder Over Louisville and Derby Eve Jam.
2012 Derby Chili Challenge Winning Recipe
Beth's Chocolate Beef Chili
1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cans (10.5 ounces each) beef broth
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
1/4 cup chili powder
1 square (1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
Shredded Cheddar cheese
1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat until hot. Add onion and cook until tender, about 6 minutes,
stirring frequently. Add ground beef; continue cooking 8 to 10 minutes, breaking beef into crumbles and stirring
occasionally. Remove from saucepan with slotted spoon. Pour off drippings; return beef mixture to pan.
2. Stir in beef broth, tomato sauce, chili powder, chocolate, vinegar, cinnamon, cumin, bay leaf, allspice, cloves
and red pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer at least 1-1/2 hours to blend flavors,
3. Remove bay leaf. Serve topped with shredded cheddar cheese, as desired.
Makes 4 servings
Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F.
Color is not a reliable indictor of doneness for ground beef.
Chili can be made one day ahead, and flavors will continue to develop.