Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Hot TomAli Chili

Tom and I came up this recipe a while ago and continue to make it all the time. It has become one of our go to recipes when we are craving something warm and comforting. Tom and I like to make this chili extra spicy, but you can adjust the spice level according to your taste. The key to making this chili taste great, is to keep tasting it while cooking and adjusting the spices to make it right for you.

We also prefer to use ground buffalo meat if available. To us, it tastes like a lot like ground beef but somehow tastes fresher. If you cannot find buffalo, use ground beef. This chili can be a healthy dinner, just don't add a ton of cheese like the pictures below and if using ground beef, choose 85% lean or higher.

This recipe can be prepared in the slowcooker or on the stove top. Either way it comes out great. Sometimes, like in the pictures below, I like to bake some cheese on top of the chili, but you can also just sprinkle the cheese on the hot chili and it will melt. Enjoy!

Hot TomAli Chili:
Serves 4-6

Olive oil
1 onion- chopped
2 jalopenos- finely diced
1 garlic clove-minced
1 lb of groung buffalo or beef
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp paprika or smoked paprika
2 tsp cayenne pepper
1-2 tbsp brown sugar
Salt and pepper- to taste
1 (15 oz) can crushed or diced tomatoes
2-3 cups beef broth-divided
1 (15 oz) can of black beans
1 (15 oz) can pinto or kidney beans
1 (15 oz) can corn kernels
Hot sauce-amount to taste (I like to add 10-15 dashes, but it's spicy)*Optional
Cheddar Cheese-for serving
**You can adjust the amount of spices to taste, adding more or less**

1. In a large dutch oven or sauce pan heat olive oil over med-high heat. Sautee onions until soft;5-8 mins. Add in garlic and jalopenos and cook for another 2-3 mins.

2. Add in ground buffalo or beef, cumin, chili powder, paprika, cayenne, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Cook until meat has browned.

3. Turn the heat to low and add in tomatoes, 1 cup of broth (add more to loosen chili as it cooks), beans, and corn. Add in hot sauce, if desired. **If you are using the slow cooker you can place the mixture in the slow cooker and cook on low for 5-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours. If you can cooking on the stove top, continue to cook on low for 45 mins to 1 hour; stirring occansionally.

4. Sprikle with cheese and serve with flour tortillas and sour cream; if desired.
*If you want to bake the chili with the cheese, scoop out chili into an oven proof dish, cover with cheese and broil in oven until melted.


  1. I cut out all meat from my diet about 3 weeks ago. Do you suggest any additional ingredients if I am not going to add any meat?

  2. I think extra beans add substance in place of meat. You can try adding in brown rice or to replace the meat as well. Also, adding in bell peppers might taste good too. You may have to adjust the liquid amounts but probably not by that much.

  3. Thanks! I am going to try it this weekend. I'll let you know how it comes out!!