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Convict Chili Recipe

I watched Labor Day the other night and Frank, an escaped convict played by Josh Brolin, cooked up a pretty awesome chili. ( A good coming-of-age movie, by the way, highlighting the importance of fathers.) Here is my take on his recipe which I have dubbed Convict Chili.

Supplies:

  • 3 Cans of Beans, Drained. (Kidney or Pintos)
  • 1 lb of Ground Beef
  • 1 Can of Diced or Stewed Tomatoes, Drained
  • Some Red Onion
  • Some Butter
  • About a Cup of Coffee, Fresh
  • Chili Powder
  • Salt

How to Make Convict Chili

This is chili, so, like Frank, I am forgoing the exact measurements.

Step 1: Cook yer beef.

My beef was already cooked so I skipped this step. Throw it in a skillet and cook on medium till brown.

Step 2: Add the beans to a pot

Normally I would add the bean juice in the chili, but the coffee is going to act like the liquid. Here I have red and white kidney and pinto beans.

3 Cans of Drained Beans in the Pot

3 Cans of Drained Beans in the Pot

Step 3: Add some chili powder and salt to the beans

Stir in the chili powder and salt. Turn heat on med-low to let the beans absorb the flavor.

Add about this much chili powder

Add about this much chili powder

Add about this much salt

Add about this much salt

Step 4: Drain the beef, add onions, butter, and tomatoes

Drain the beef and add the onions, butter, and tomatoes. Simmer on low until the juice from the tomatoes is about gone.

Add some butter to onions and tomatoes

Add some butter to onions and tomatoes

Beef simmering with the onions and tomatoes

Beef simmering with the onions and tomatoes

Step 5: Add coffee to beef, onion, and tomatoes

Coffee is the secret ingredient here. Make sure you keep the coffee warm before you get to this step. Stale coffee is just bad no matter what.

Add fresh coffee to the beef, tomatoes, and onions

Add fresh coffee to the beef, tomatoes, and onions

Step 6: Add the beans to rest of the mix

Add the beans to your skillet mixture and let it all simmer on low heat for a while, covered, until the coffee has evaporated a good deal. The chili should be thick enough to hide a hacksaw blade.

Top with cheese. Eat it from a cup.

Top with cheese. Eat it from a cup.

Enjoy

Why not have a bowl while watching the movie?

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