Lee's Kitchen Tips:
There is a difference between chili powder and chile powder. Chili powder (ending with an "i") is a blend of ground chile pods and other spices. Chile powder (ending with an "e") is pure ground chile pods with no additives.
4 slices applewood smoked bacon, diced (or your favorite bacon)
1 large green bell pepper, finely diced
1 Jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and minced
1 poblano pepper, seeded and minced
3 (14-oz) cans fire roasted tomatoes
1 (6-oz) can tomato paste
1 T chipotle chile powder, or your favorite
1 T New Mexico chile powder, or your favorite
3 T brown sugar
3 cups beef broth
1 (14-oz) can chili beans or pinto beans, your choice, rinsed and drained.
Sauté for 10 minutes.
Spoon into a large bowl and set aside.
Add the other tablespoon of oil to the Dutch oven and brown the beef in two batches while breaking up with a wooden spoon. Spoon the browned beef into the bowl with the onion mixture.
Brown the second batch of beef and when brown, return the onion mixture to the Dutch oven and add the tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients, except the flour, and stir to combine.
Shredded cheddar or pepper-jack cheese
Sliced black olives
Serve with Skillet Cornbread with Jalapeño peppers.