For the Chili
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 medium yellow onions, chopped
- 3 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
- 6 medium garlic cloves, chopped
- ¼ cup chili powder
- 2 tablespoons smoked sweet paprika
- 2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon New Mexico chile powder
- 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder, or 1 teaspoon pureed chipotle in adobo
- 2½ pounds raw ground beef, or crumbled cooked burger patties
- 3 cups chicken stock, store-bought chicken stock, or water, plus more as needed
- One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
- Four 15-ounce cans pinto or kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 3 tablespoons dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 ripe Hass avocado, pitted and peeled
- ½ lime
- Kosher salt
- 2 cups shredded Cheddar or Jack cheese (about 8 ounces)
- 1 cup sour cream
- ¼ to ½ cup chopped cilantro
- ½ cup chopped yellow or white onion
- 1 serrano chile, thinly sliced into rings
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
Add the onions, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon if the salt, and sauté until they are transparent and soft, about 15 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for about 1 minute; don’t let it brown. Add the chili powder, paprika, cumin, cayenne, red pepper flakes, coriander, and New Mexico and chipotle chile powders.
Sauté, stirring constantly, for about 2 minutes to integrate the flavors.
Add the meat, season with the remaining 2 teaspoons salt and the black pepper, and cook, stirring and breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until the meat is evenly browned, about 15 minutes. (If you are using cooked meat, you don’t need to season it or sauté it, just add it to the pan and jump straight to the next step.)
Add the stock, tomatoes including their juices, beans, oregano, and sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer the chili, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes or more, until it is thick. Add more salt or pepper to taste.
Put the avocado in a bowl. Sprinkle liberally with salt, squeeze with lime, and mash with a fork.
Serve the chili warm, with the cheese, sour cream, cilantro, onion, avocado, and serrano chiles on the side for people to personalize their chili.
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