Momma Simo’s Chili

"Ingredients: 2 lbs brisket, trimmed and cut into cubes 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 large onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 bell pepper, diced 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced (adjust to taste) 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed 2 cups beef broth 2 tablespoons chili powder 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon dried oregano Salt and pepper to taste Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions, cilantro Instructions: Preparation: Preheat your Dutch oven"

Prep Time

7 min

Cook Time

8 hours

Paired With

Main Protein

Beef

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Directions

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs brisket, trimmed and cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced (adjust to taste)
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions, cilantro

Instructions:

  1. Preparation: Preheat your Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, reminisce about the wonderful memories your mom created while cooking this hearty dish.

  2. Searing the Brisket: Season the brisket cubes with salt and pepper. Add vegetable oil to the Dutch oven and let it heat up. Once hot, add the brisket cubes and sear them on all sides until golden brown, for about 5-7 minutes. Imagine the comforting aroma filling your childhood kitchen.

  3. Sautéing Aromatics: Add the chopped onion, minced garlic, bell pepper, and jalapeño peppers to the Dutch oven. Sauté them until they become fragrant and tender, just like your mom used to do.

  4. Recreating Mom’s Touch: Return the seared brisket to the Dutch oven. Pour in the diced tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans, and beef broth. As you stir, recall the love and care your mom poured into every pot of chili she made.

  5. Adding Flavor: Sprinkle in the chili powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, and dried oregano. Let the spices infuse the chili with warmth and depth, just as your mom did to make her chili so special.

  6. Simmering with Memories: Bring the chili to a gentle simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the Dutch oven with a lid and let the chili cook slowly, allowing the flavors to meld together over the next 2-3 hours. Remember the anticipation you felt as you waited for your mom’s delicious chili to be ready.

  7. Final Touches: Once the brisket is tender and the chili has reached your desired consistency, taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as needed. Reflect on the love and tradition that went into each pot of chili your mom made.

  8. Serving with Love: Ladle the brisket chili into bowls and garnish with your favorite toppings, such as shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions, or cilantro. As you enjoy each spoonful, cherish the memories of your mom’s delicious brisket chili and the warmth it brought to your family gatherings.

With this recipe, you can recreate not only the flavors but also the cherished memories of your mom’s heritage brisket chili in your own kitchen.