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Playing How To Make Extra Thick Chili with Refried Beans, Beef and Chorizo By Rachael

"This recipe gets its thick smooth texture by folding in refried pinto beans or black beans into the sauce," Rach says. "The recipe for the beans is actually vegetarian, if you stop before the step of 'refrying' them, which is really just thickening them [in the meat pan], in this case. The beans also make a delicious dip that keeps for days for snacking on with chips and salsa."


For the Chili:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or neutral oil
  • 1 pound ground beef sirloin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 round tablespoon chili powder, a healthy palmful
  • 1½ teaspoons pimenton (smoked paprika), half a palmful
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin, half a palmful
  • 1½ teaspoons ground coriander, half a palmful
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound fresh Mexican chorizo
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, finely chopped (or for milder chili, one 7-ounce can chopped green hatch chilies, drained)
  • 1 bottle lager beer
  • One 14-ounce can fire-roasted crushed or diced tomatoes
For the Beans:
  • About 2 tablespoons olive oil or neutral oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 fat cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper, chopped (or for milder beans, one 4-ounce can green chilies)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup water
  • One 14-ounce can pinto beans or black beans
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (such as Frank’s RedHot or Tabasco)
  • 1 teaspoon light agave or honey
  • 1 lime
  • One small handful cilantro
To Serve:
  • 1 bag fancy corn tortilla chips
  • Crumbled queso fresco or shredded cheddar (Jack or Pepper Jack)
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Chopped white onions or green onions
  • Pickled jalapeño peppers (mild or hot)


Serves: 4 to 6


For the chili, heat a Dutch oven, deep skillet or large cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. Add oil, 2 turns of the pan, add beef then brown and finely crumble, season with salt, pepper, chili powder, pimenton, cumin, coriander and Worcestershire. Add fresh sausage to browned beef and brown and finely crumble, add onion, garlic and chilies, cook to soften a bit, add beer and let it absorb. Add tomatoes and reduce heat to low.

Turn oven on to 300˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and top with a single layer of fancy tortilla chips. Toast to fragrant and golden, then turn off heat and leave door ajar.

To a medium skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil, 2 turns of the pan, add onion, garlic and chili peppers, season with cumin, salt and pepper and soften a few minutes, add water and let it absorb, add beans and heat through. Transfer ¾ of beans to a food processor, add hot sauce, agave or honey, cilantro and juice of 1 lime, puree into smooth thick dip, adjust seasoning. Return pureed beans and the reserved ¼ of whole beans to the pan, reduce heat to low and thicken.

Stir beans into chili and combine well.  

Serve the chili in bowls on platter with chips alongside and a soup spoon too. Top the chili with cheese, cilantro and onions, pickled jalapeño peppers.