The table counterpart said over dinner last night that chili shouldn't contain tomato sauce or diced tomatoes. Chili should be chili based. What! A thousand years we have been together and chili always has tomato. Seeking to prove the counterpart wrong, Tomato Free Chili was made and promptly modified.
I am not even gonna go there with the modification being listed. Just hear me out as they are easier to read than type. To a dutch oven, meat was browned, set aside and drained. To pot, one small diced yellow onion, one half green, and one half red bell pepper were sauteed. Meat was added back to pot along with one tablespoon of minced garlic, one tablespoon of chili powder, one teaspoon of comino, and one cup water. Chili was allowed to simmer for one hour. Heat turned off and one can well rinsed and drained kidney beans were added.
Scaled for Likability: No, Thank You
Almost taco meat. Taco meat with the wrong beans. Runny taco meat at that.
The first picture (at the top of the page) was chili for lunch. Seeing how soupy (again) the chili was the table counterpart admitted to needing tomato paste. Two tablespoons of paste was added and allowed to rest at room temperature all day. Paste modified chili was warmed on low and served for dinner. The above picture was the dinner chili. See how the meat is coated in chili tomato good stuff. The chili could have been thicker but with the beans already added, cooking too long would cause the beans to break down.
Chili needs tomato base. Sometimes its nice to be right. Hehehe....