Put a pot of my favourite chili on to simmer before leaving for work.

When I got home, I just had to make the dough for the flour tortillas, salsa and a pitcher of Sangria.

Last night’s beans were a combination of small chili beans and black beans cooked in the Breville PC. Matt put them on to cook so they would be ready when I got home.

Chili – Tex- Mex Seven Pepper Chili
Tex-Mex Cookbook

3 lbs. lean stew meat-beef, , ground coarse or in ½-inch cubes
1 lb. pork loin, ground coarse or cubed (Note I often make this using just ground pork)
2 tbsp. pure lard or shortening
3 large yellow onions, chopped fine
2 stalks of celery chopped
2 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. ground cumin
7 cloves garlic
1 to 3 Tablespoons( or more to taste) of ground chilis. Use a variety of different ones, i.e Chiles pasillas, equines, chile anchos, dried New Mexico Chilis, etc..
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce
2 tsp. salt
5 jalapenos, fresh, seeded
3 cans tomatoes,
1 can beer (Mexican if you have it)
l-oz. square unsweetened chocolate (Or Mexican chocolate)
2 cups Beef Broth
Dried Pinto, black beans or kidney beans or canned.

 Brown meat in fat until no longer pink. Add onions and and celery and cook until clear. Combine in
food processor or blender the cumin, garlic, and all of the different chilies., Tabasco, salt, jalapenos, and I can of tomatoes. Blend and set aside to steep. Add this mixture to the meat along with the two cans of
tomatoes, the beer, broth and chocolate. Turn fire down real low and simmer least 2 hours. If using dried beans add them now. Stir occasionally to keep it from sticking. If the meat you have used is lean, you will probably have no fat o skim off, but if there is fat floating on the top, skim. Once the chili has cooled, you can remove any congealed fat. This keeps well and freezes well.

NOTE:  Recipe can be cut in half.

Flour Tortillas
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon to 1/4 cup lard/shortening
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup warm water (might need a bit more)

Place the flour, salt, baking powder in food processor and pulse to mix. Cut in the shortening and then add the warm water and process to make a soft dough. Dough should be soft but not wet and sticky. Wrap in
plastic and let rest for at least 30 minutes.

Divide dough into 10 or 12 pieces and shape into balls. Keep covered.

Roll each ball out into a 7 to 9 inch circle. Dough should be thin.

Cook on a dry hot grill or frying pan on medium heat, turning once. Do not over cook or they will be hard. Butter and roll up and wrap in tea towel to keep warm as you cook the other tortillas.

(I place the ones wrapped in the towel in a low 200 oven to keep warm,
while I am cooking the rest.)

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jen M. Kulcsar says:

    Thanks for two more great recipes. I’m eager to try making the tortillas!

  2. Jen, the flour tortillas are really easy to make.

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