Spicy Mexican Chili

spicy mexican chili

Spicy chili is one of my favorite dishes to make. It is super simple and there are always left overs. Chili leftovers are perfect for next day omelets or hashbrowns. This chili has a little bit of a twist. I usually like a more traditional borderline Italian chili. This time I changed it up and went heavy on Mexican spices. I started with lean ground beef then picked up some thinly sliced steak with light marbling. Think fajita cuts.

spicy mexican chili

 

Layers of smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, fresh garlic, fresh cracked pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper and fresh onion all meld together with the fats from the meat and create the best base for this spicy chili. How spicy is obviously up to you. I love my chili to be nearly on fire! I know this is going to be one of my go to meals this fall/winter. I serve mine with a crusty piece of baguette, but crackers would be equally delicious.

spicy chili

Spicy Mexican Chili
Recipe type: mexican, soup/stew
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Serves: 4-6
 
Layers of smoky spices, lean cuts of beef, juicy tomatoes and red beans come together to make this amazing Mexican chili.
Ingredients
  • ½ pound of lean ground beef
  • ½ pound of thinly sliced steak (fajita beef)
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 1 can of light red kidney beans rinsed
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup of tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • salt to taste
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 cups of beef or chicken broth
  • ¼ cup of hot sauce
  • olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a large soup pot heat a couple tbsps of olive oil.
  2. Cook the chopped onion and garlic until translucent.
  3. Add the meat and cook until no longer pink.
  4. Add in the spices.
  5. Let cook for another 5 minutes or so until the meat is thoroughly coated.
  6. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, and stock.
  7. Add the beans.
  8. Let cook for the next 1 hour on low.
  9. Stir every 15 minutes or so.
  10. Add in the hot sauce, salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.
  11. Cook an additional 15 minutes.

The longer you cook this chili the better, but everything is done within the first hour. We are late eaters so I usually start this around 5 and let it cook over low for a few hours until we are ready to eat. This would also be great without the beans. I personally love the texture with the beans. I top mine with extra hot sauce, cheddar and sour cream. Patrick likes sour cream and chopped green onion. You can even trade out the sour cream for Greek yogurt! Yum!

I hope you try this recipe! Tag #kelliericecakes if you do!

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Spicy Vietnamese Beef Noodle Bowl

beef noodle bowl

Where we live there is a fantastic Asian restaurant on every corner. Korean BBQ, Hot Pot, Chinese dumplings, Pho- seriously everything you could dream of is within a 2 mile radius from our house. I wanted to try recreating a traditional Vietnamese beef noodle bowl that can be served within an hour. Honestly  you can probably serve this in 30 minutes, but I wanted to have a very flavorful broth.

spicy beef bowl

I started with a lean top round steak that I sliced very very thin. You can use any beef that you like, the more fat the more flavor. Since I was adding noodles to the dish I used a leaner beef to cut some calories. I marinated the sliced beef in soy sauce and garlic while my broth was simmering.

beef noodle bowl

The broth starts with sauteing chopped onion and garlic. Then adding pureed ginger, sriracha sauce, and beef broth. Simmer until the broth begins to reduce then add the marinated beef. These bold flavors are so fragrant and spicy. My whole kitchen smelled so warm and cozy. Plus my favorite thing about rice noodles is the cook time. You just boil some water and pour it over the noodles. Letting them sit until soft and thickened.

Spicy Vietnamese Beef Noodle Bowl
Recipe type: Soup, Noodle Bowl
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Serves: 2-3
 
Spicy beef broth filled with beef and veggies over soft rice noodles.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups of beef broth
  • ¼ cup of sriracha (or less depending on your taste buds)
  • 1 cup of chopped onion
  • 5 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp pureed ginger
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 pound of sliced beef
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onion
  • 2 cups of prepared rice noodles
  • sriracha to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl marinate the beef with the soy sauce and 2 garlic cloves.
  2. Saute the onion and the rest of the garlic in a soup pot.
  3. Add the ginger, sesame seeds and broth.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce to a simmer and add the sriracha sauce.
  6. Once the broth begins to reduce add the beef.
  7. Cover over medium low for 30 minutes to an hour.
  8. Pour beef and broth over the rice noodles.
  9. Serve with green onion and sriracha.

beef noodle bowl

Next time you are in the mood for something spicy and comforting try out this spicy beef noodle bowl!

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