Serve the chili from the stove, with the condiments laid out next to it.
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
6 cups chopped onions
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 (4 pound) chuck roast, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1/2 cup chili powder
1 (12 ounce) can Lone Star or Shiner Bock beer
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3 dashes Tabasco sauce
1 (7 ounce) can diced green chile peppers
1 (14 ounce) can tomatoes with juice
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup water
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
In a large Dutch oven over medium heat, heat the vegetable oil. Add the green pepper, onions, jalapeno, garlic and celery. Cook for 5 minutes.
Toss the chunks of chuck roast in the chili powder, and add them to the vegetable mixture; cook until the meat is brown on all sides, 5 minutes more.
Add beer, deglazing the pan by scraping all of the browned bits from the bottom. Add the cumin, Tabasco, green chiles, tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook uncovered for 2 hours. Add more water if the mixture becomes too thick. The stew should be soupy, but not watery. Adjust the seasonings, if desired, with additional salt and pepper.
Serve with chopped jalapenos; chopped flat-leaf parsley; chopped green onions; shredded Cheddar cheese; pinto beans; salsa or pico de gallo; saltines; sour cream; Tabasco sauce; tortilla chips.
Makes 12 servings
Per serving: calories: 403 (38% from protein, 17% from carbohydrate, 44% from fat); protein: 38.5 grams; total fat: 19.5 grams; saturated fat: 6 grams; cholesterol: 99 mg; sodium: 357 mg; carbohydrate: 16.6 grams; dietary fiber: 4.8 grams
Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 5 meat, 1 fat