Bigger than the Christmas shopping season, bigger than the County Fair...and second only to the Sturgis Bike Rally (which brings upwards of a half million people to our area)...
It's the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo!!!
a new pair of Ariat jeans or Justin boots.
This is real cowboy chili - the kind you eat from the back of a chuck wagon after a long day in the saddle.
(By the way, you can buy a chuck wagon at the Stock Show, too!)
Meaty, spicy, tomatoey and rich...mmmm....
It makes you want to sink your life savings in a custom made Stetson!
In honor of the Stock Show, I'm sharing my own version of Cowboy Chili.
This is different than any other kind of chili I make - -
...there's Chili con Carne, made with ground beef and lots of chili powder...
...and there's Cincinnati style chili - I like mine 5-way with spaghetti, chili, beans, onions and cheese...
...and, of course, Chili Verde, made with chicken, white beans and green chilies...
But none of them hold a candle to the real thing.
Jan's Cowboy Chili
They're slightly icy in this picture - being slightly frozen makes the meat easier to handle.
Cut the meat into 1/2 inch cubes, and then prepare the marinade.
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup oil - vegetable or olive
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
After an hour or so, it's time to start cooking the chili.
Drain the marinated meat, reserving the onions and meat.
Brown in a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pot, and then add the rest of the ingredients:
2 cups beef broth
2 cans red beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can (14 oz.) tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano
2 tablespoons cumin
Let all this simmer, covered, for an hour or two. Or three. Or put it in the crock pot for a half day or so...
Now, lift the lid and take a whiff. Don't you feel like you're on a cattle drive with the cowboy of your dreams?
And don't forget to stick around for the PRCA Rodeo this weekend!