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Rockin' KB Chili

Rockin' KB Chili 6.000

Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post

Jun 12, 2013

This unique variation is on the menu of the Acela train that runs between Philadelphia and New York.


Servings: 6 - 8

Yield: Makes 9 cups

Ingredients
  • 3 pounds lean beef stew meat, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup finely diced green bell pepper
  • 1 medium jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 cups prepared spaghetti sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups no-salt-added beef broth
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • One 3-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup dried unsulphured unsweetened apricots, cut into very thin strips
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup prepared bloody mary mix
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro leaves and tender stems

Directions

Season the meat with the salt and pepper. Working in batches, cook in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until the meat loses its raw look. Do not drain. Reduce the heat to medium; add the onion, garlic, green bell pepper and jalapeno pepper and cook for several minutes, until they have softened.

Stir in the spaghetti sauce, broth, wine, sugar, paprika, cumin, oregano, chili powder, the cinnamon stick and the dried apricots. Once the mixture starts to bubble at the edges, cover and reduce the heat to medium-low.

Make a slurry by combining the cornstarch and bloody mary mix, then stir it into the pot. Cook for 45 minutes, stirring a few times.

Discard the cinnamon stick. Stir in the cilantro just before serving.


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Adapted from Bob and Katy Rosar, an advisory team member for Amtrak food.

Tested by Jim Webster.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 8): 580


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 21g 32%

Saturated Fat: 6g 30%

Cholesterol: 95mg 32%

Sodium: 1580mg 66%

Total Carbohydrates: 53g 18%

Dietary Fiber: 10g 40%

Sugar: 28g

Protein: 41g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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