Jamie’s Chili

Jamie’s Chili

16 ounces dried kidney beans
6 cups water
3 ½ teaspoons chili powder
4 ancho chiles, soaked, seeded, and finely diced
1 poblano pepper, seeded and finely diced
2 jalapeños, seeded and finely diced
½ tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
Salt, to taste
4 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ pounds canned stewed tomatoes, finely diced
5 ounces tomato paste
2 smoked ham hocks

Wash beans in cold water, drain. Cover in mixing bowl with cold water, about 2 inches over beans and soak 8 hours or overnight. Drain beans and add 6 cups water, chili powder, ancho chiles and bring to boil in sauce pot; simmer 2 hours. Add poblano pepper, jalapeños, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, cracked black pepper and salt to taste (about 3 teaspoons to start). Cover and simmer 3 hours. Let mixture chill about 6-8 hours or overnight. In large sauce pot, sauté ground beef until golden brown; add onions and garlic and cook until onions are soft. Remove from stove and drain excess grease. Add beef-onion-garlic mixture to bean mixture in large sauce pot. Add stewed tomatoes, tomato paste and soaked ham hocks. Bring to boil and simmer 2 hours. Adjust seasoning with additional salt and spices and water, if chili is too thick or not spicy enough.

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