I have a problem with chili. I can’t seem to get a good mix of heat and depth. Sometimes I use a commercial spice mix, sometimes I try my own. I’ve made it with beer, and with cocoa, and with fancy-pants ancho chili powder. But it always seems to be missing something.
This time, I played it very fast and loose. I sauteed onions, peppers, and garlic with chili powder, cumin, and oregano. I dumped it in the pressure cooker with browned, cubed beef (top round), pinto beans, and tomatoes. I added salt, a little cinnamon, a splash of Worcestershire, and some brown sugar. Last was one chipotle in adobo, chopped small.
Twenty minutes later, it was delicious. Best chili I’ve made in years.