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Tim’s Thick & Meaty Chili

Contributor Tim Banks brings his Thick & Meaty Chili recipe to our CNCF Cookbook. It's a cherished recipe that's all about joy, pleasure and sharing.

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Tim BanksLead Developer Advocate, Dell Technologies
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  • 2 sweet onions
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 3 poblano peppers
  • 6 jalapeño peppers
  • 3 ounces dried chipotle peppers
  • 6 ounces dried ancho peppers
  • 3 ounces dried guajillo peppers
  • 1 pound hot and spicy pork sausage
  • 4 pounds short ribs, cubed
  • 3 pounds 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 quart beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic reduction
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Put 8 cups of water in a five-quart stock pot. Add approximately 2 tablespoons of salt. Set heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.
  2. Once water is boiling, put all the dried chilies into the pot, cover and turn down heat to medium-low. Remove from heat once the chilies are soft (approximately 30-45 minutes).
  3. While the chilies are steaming, dice onions, jalapeños and poblanos.
  4. In a 10-quart stock pot, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Once the oil shimmers, add the short ribs. As the short ribs brown, add 1 tablespoon of cumin, salt and pepper to taste. Remove the short ribs from the pot once browned and set aside.
  5. Knead together sausage and ground beef, then put in a 10-quart stock pot and brown.
  6. Remove the dried chilies from the water with tongs. Remove stems and put the chilies into the food mill or food processor. Grind into a paste. If using a food processor or immersion blender, press the paste through a chinois or another sieve (even cheesecloth can do in a pinch).
  7. Once the ground beef and sausage is cooked, add onions, jalapeños and poblanos. Turn the heat down to medium-low. Bring to a simmer and cover.
  8. After onions, jalapeños, and poblanos are softened, add short ribs and chili paste. Stir until well mixed.
  9. Add 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, balsamic reduction and beef stock. Let reduce for 45 minutes to 3 hours, depending on how intense you like the flavor, stirring occasionally. For thicker add masa. For sweeter notes, add molasses.

Published on

29 September 2022
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