In Minnesota, chili was always the perfect dish to make on a cold and snowy Sunday afternoon. While we don’t have snow in Tokyo, the temperature is still cold enough to make you crave some home-cooked chili!
In order to make chili while living in Tokyo, you have to be prepared to go on a little scavenger hunt. Finding the correct (and affordable) ingredients is not impossible! You just need to know where to shop for the ingredients.
2 pounds ground meat (ground beef, chicken, or turkey work well – use your favorite)
1 ½ cups onions, diced
9 garlic cloves, chopped
5 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 4-ounce can green chilies, chopped
1 14 ½ ounce can low-sodium chicken broth
1 12-ounce bottle (or can) beer
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
4 16-ounce cans beans, rinsed (kidney, garbanzo, black beans all work well – use your favorite)
- Place the ground meat in a large pan and cook over medium heat. Break up the meat with a spatula while it is cooking.
- Drain the excess grease from the pan.
- Add the chopped onions and garlic to the meat. Cook for 10 minutes or until the onions begin to soften.
- Add the chili powder, cumin, basil, oregano, thyme, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir and cook for 3 minutes.
- Add the crushed tomatoes, green chilies, chicken broth, beer, and tomato paste. Allow the mixture to come to an even temperature – approximately 20 minutes.
- Place the beans in a colander and wash off the liquid from the can.
- Add the beans to the pan and cook for approximately 1 hour over a low heat.
- Stir occasionally to prevent the chili from sticking to the pan.
- Add more red pepper flakes or chopped jalapenos depending on how spicy you like to make your chili.
- As you can see from the photo above, this recipe makes a generous amount of chili! The chili freezes really well and makes a perfect meal when you don’t feel like making dinner during the week.