Sunday, November 28, 2010

Grilled Cheeseburger Chili

Marx Foods sent me a sampler package of 6 of their dried chiles. Upon opening the envelope, my nose caught wind of one particular chile and I couldn't get it out of my mind.

The chipotle - a smoked jalepeno. That spicy smokey aroma worked its way into my thoughts and imagination until I conconcted this dish to suit it.

See - when I smell something smoky I think of the grill. And when I think of the grill I think of juicy hamburgers, smothered in cheese and bacon. The last part - use of a spoon - seemed a no brainer at that point: Turn a burger into a chili!

9 dried chipotles, stemmed and seeded
1 cup hot water
1 lb. hamburger meat
2 small onions, diced fine
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 oz. can tomato paste
28 oz. can tomato puree
1 Tbsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
6 slices cheddar cheese
6 slices cooked bacon

Begin by stemming and seeding the chipotles. Toast them until aromatic in a heavy bottomed pot. Then, soak the chiles in a cup of hot water for about 15 minutes. Blend the chiles and water into a smooth paste. Pass through a sieve, using a spoon to press down. The results will be a chile sauce, which we will use to season the chili.

In the same heavy bottomed pot used to brown the chiles, brown the hamburger meat. Drain if necessary. Add the tomato paste, onions, and garlic, simmering over medium heat until the vegetables are tender. Next add the tomato puree, seasonings, and the chile sauce. Start small and add more sauce based on your personal heat preference. I added about 1/4 cup for a medium spice level.

Spoon into an oven safe bowl and add a slice of cheddar cheese, just as if you were topping a burger. Place into a warmed oven for a few minutes until the cheese melts. Garnish with bacon slices. Serves 6.

The chiles featured in this post were received complimentary from Marx Foods for participation in their recipe challenge. The photos, opinions, and recipe are my own.


sophia said...

I don't think I got the chipotle chilies! I love this chili. Meaty, cheesy, and bacony--what a fabulous bowl! I think Biz will love this one too. ;-)

Did you know that Marx Food is going to postpone their voting poll thingy?

Roz said...

In a word, WOW....this looks fantastic. Thanks for the recipe!!

Christina said...

Yeah, Sophia we got different chiles. I noticed when you posted yours. I think we got all different kinds. Click on my pic to make it bigger to see all the diff. names. And - yes I saw the date got moved back!

Thanks Roz! :)

Laura said...

WOW! I want in on the challenge it looks great! I made fresh chile sauce last year and it was fantastic. Way to go!

Simply Life said...

Oh what a fun package! I just posted about a recipe using chipotle chilis in adobo sauce - it's so fun how many types of chilis there are!

Biz said...

Love how your dish turned out Christina! I am using dried guajillo peppers tonight for a pork posole - thanks for the tips on rehydrating them! :D

Jenn@slim-shoppin said...

So lucky you got to try those spices! I was looking for dried chiles in Target and the guy took me to the canned Chili! He had no idea what I was talking about!

Love your recipe!

fittingbackin said...

This looks AWESOME!! I wonder if Trader Joe's had dried chiles - I must find some!

Christina said...

@Jenn and @fittingbackin - my grocery store has bags of dried chiles next to the pepper section in the produce area. It's usually by hooks or bags by all the other pepper varieties. Try there! :)

Rhonda said...

It's chili, it has cheese and it's topped by can't get better than that!

emily (a nutritionist eats) said...

Oh my! I love this idea! And someone special in my life would REALLY love this idea!