Thursday, November 8, 2012

Dragon Breath Chili and Your Grandmama's Cornbread

It's been a long and cold minute since I have posted any recipes. Amirrrrite? I am sure you all were concerned whether we were eating in this house or not. I am here to tell you, we are probably eating too much. For some reason I think that I am of the bear family, and that I have to prepare for my months of hibernation. This is true. Enter, the best chili and cornbread concoction that you will ever cook and ever eat. Ladies, I have been cooking this chili for about two years now and the boy claims this is his favorite meal. Now, let's get it straight. It takes a lot of chopping, dicing and mincing. Not going to lie to you there. However, if you like it hot, you are going to LOVE this. Cook it and eat it. 
Dragon Breath Chili adapted via
2 T Butter
3 T Canola oil
2 Red Bell Peppers, diced
2 Jalapenos, minced
3 Anaheim chiles, roasted, peeled, chopped
3 Poblano chiles, roasted, peeled, chopped
2 Habanero peppers, chopped
2 Yellow onions, diced
1 head garlic, minced
2 lbs ground beef
1 lb Hot Italian sausage 
2 t granulated onion
2 t granulated garlic
3 T chili powder
2 t hot paprika
2 t ground cumin
2 t ground coriander
2 t cayenne pepper
2 t kosher salt
2 t ground black pepper
2 C tomato sauce
1 C tomato paste
12 oz lager beer
1 C chicken stock
2 (15.5 oz) cans pinto beans, with juice
2 (15.5 oz) cans kidney beans, with juice 
1 bunch green onions, sliced
1 C shredded cheddar cheese

In large stock pot over high heat, add butter and oil. Add bell pepper, jalapeno, chiles, habaneros, and onion and cook until caramelized, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute a minute longer. Add ground beef and sausage to brown and stir gently, trying not to break up the ground beef too much. Cook until meat is nicely browned and cooked through, about 7 to 10 minutes. Add in granulated onions, granulated garlic, chili powder, paprika, cumin, coriander, cayenne, salt and pepper and cook for 1 minute. Add in tomato sauce and paste and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in beer and chicken stock. Add beans, lower heat and simmer for 2 hours.

Grandmama's (love saying that word) Cornbread
1/2 C Butter
2/3 C White Sugar
2 Eggs
1 C Buttermilk
1/2 t Baking Soda
1 C Cornmeal
1 C All Purpose Flour
1/2 t Salt
Your grandmama (put her to work)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Make your grandmama grease an 8 inch square pan. 

Melt butter in large skillet. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended. Combine buttermilk with baking soda and stir into mixture in pan. Stir in cornmeal, flour, and salt until well blended and few lumps remain. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool for a hot minute, then slice and add to the top of your dragon breath chili. 

I mean are you sold yet? It is an easy sell. You will eat for days off of this stuff and still not be tired of the flavor. Or your grandmama. Loves! XOXO


  1. Sounds scrumptious!!! I love anything with a good bite and peppers in it! And homemade cornbread makes everything better!

  2. Wao!! I bet you your man is loving you even more after that amazing meal!

  3. Sounds wonderful! Love hot chili. When we are all done eating this I guess my Grandmama will have dragon breath? :) Have a great day! - Tonya

  4. There is nothing better than cornbread crumbled in good, spicy chili! I had this at a friend's house for dinner last night, though it lacked some spice. Excited to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Those are alot of ingredients but there isn't much I love more than a good spicy chili so me thinks I'm going to have to try this!

  6. This has to be one of my favorite fall meals. So scrumptious.

  7. Damn my diet - this looks AAAAMMMAAZINGGG!


  8. My husband loves spicy food. I am going to have to make this for him.

    LOL @ Your grandmama (put her to work)!!!!!

  9. Your chili recipe won us second place in my husband's workplace chili cookoff! Finally, I placed! That's never happened before.


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