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Texas Chili

Brava

Active Time:
~1 hour
Total Time:
~2 hours 30 minutes

About this Recipe

A native Texan, Chef Travis loves cooking chili more than just about anything. He’s even competed in numerous chili cook-offs. Texas chili purists don’t use beans, although we like to add some for their creamy texture; feel free to omit them if you prefer. We like the flavor that three different chile powders impart, but if you don’t have ancho or smoked paprika, add an extra 2 tablespoons regular chili powder instead. It’s important to use a dark lager or stout because a hoppy beer like IPA can make your chili taste bitter. For the perfect pairing, bake a batch of our cornbread!

step

1

Sear beef & bacon

  • In Brava Chef’s Pan, using your hands, mix together ground beef, bacon and 2 pinches of salt.
  • Gently press beef mixture in an even layer in Brava Chef’s Pan.
  • Slide Chef’s Pan, uncovered, into top oven shelf.
  • Select “Sear” on your oven touchscreen. Select All Zones top, set timer for 12 minutes and press green button to cook for 12 minutes.
  • Deselect All Zones top, select All Zones bottom, set timer for 5 minutes and press green button to cook for 5 minutes.
  • Using slotted spoon or spatula, transfer beef mixture to medium bowl, leaving fat and juices in Chef’s Pan.
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2

Cook onion, jalapeño & seasonings

  • Add onion, jalapeño and a pinch of salt to fat and juices in Chef’s Pan; stir well.
  • Slide Chef’s Pan, uncovered, into top oven shelf.
  • Select “Sear” on your oven touchscreen. Deselect All Zones bottom, select All Zones top, set timer for 8 minutes and press green button to cook for 8 minutes.
  • While food cooks, using spoon or spatula, break beef mixture in bowl into ½-inch chunks.
  • Carefully remove Chef’s Pan from oven and stir in garlic, chili powder, ancho chile powder, smoked paprika, cumin and 2 teaspoons pepper.
  • Slide Chef’s Pan, uncovered, into top oven shelf.
  • Select “Sear” on your oven touchscreen. Select All Zones top, set timer for 2 minutes and press green button to cook for 2 minutes.
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3

Add remaining ingredients

  • Carefully remove Chef’s Pan from oven and stir in beef mixture, tomatoes, beans, beer and beef stock.
  • Cover Chef’s Pan with lid and slide into top oven shelf.
  • Select “Sear” on your oven touchscreen. Deselect All Zones top, select All Zones bottom, set timer for 10 minutes and press green button to cook for 10 minutes.
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4

Bake chili

  • Select “Bake” on your oven touchscreen. Set temperature to 325°F and timer for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Press green button to begin preheating. It’s okay to leave Chef’s Pan in oven while it preheats for this recipe.
  • When oven is preheated, press green button again to begin baking.
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5

Serve

  • When your food is done, serve chili family style or in individual bowls with cheddar, green onions and sour cream on the side.