Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Texas Independence Day and Shiner Hefewisen Chili!

So being the proud Texan that I am I wanted to share a little bit of history (and yes I'm a day late) with you my dear readers....little known fact is that for nine years, the state of Texas was actually the Republic of Texas...on March 2, 1836 Texas declared it's independence from Mexico, in 1845 Texas joined the Union as the 28th state and soon after the Mexican-American war began (largely in response to Texas becoming a state). So each year on March 2 the state of Texas celebrates it's independence, yes it's kind of not independent anymore but it's pretty damn cool that we were our own country and even cooler that on my father's side of the family I am some how related to Anson Jones (for those of you not in the know, he was the last President of the Republic of Texas). In honor of my state and lineage, I present you with a Texas Brewed Chili! Oh yea - PS - Texas Independence Day is an official state holiday!!

Shiner Bock Hefewisen Chili
1 Bottle Shiner Bock Hefewisen
3 LB Ground Sirloin
3 15.5 oz Cans Pinto Beans
2 28 oz Can Diced Tomatoes
1 Roasted, Chopped and Seeded Hatch Chili (yup, I'm aware this beauty is from New Mexico but that's okay)
2 Cloves Minced Garlic
1 Small Chopped Onion
1 Small Can Tomato Paste (pretty sure that's a 6 oz can but can't remember)
2 Tbsp Chili Powder
2 Tbsp Adams Extract Pinto Bean Seasoning
1 Tbsp Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper
1 Tbsp Salt
3 Cups Beef Broth
Shredded Cheddar Cheese (Garnish)

1. Brown the ground beef in large stew pot with a small amount of olive oil, season liberally with salt and pepper. Once it's brown, remove it from the pot and drain off any excess fat.
2. While the meat is draining, saute the onion and garlic until onion is tender, approximately 5 minutes.
3. Put meat back in pot with onion and garlic, add tomatoes (with juice), beans, beer, diced/seeded chili and beef broth. Season with Chili Powder, Pinto Bean Seasoning, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper and Salt...I have given measurements as a baseline, taste it and season until it tastes like you like it!
4. Allow the mixture to come to a boil and let it simmer for 20 minutes. After it has simmered, remove about 1 cup of the liquid and mix in the tomato paste, then pour into pot and mix well.
5. Serve hot with cornbread and some cheddar cheese on top!

I served this with a souped up cornbread, using a cornbread mix, I added a 1/2 Cup of Bacon Crumbles/Bits and 1/2 Cup of Shredded Cheese and then put it in the oven. It is also great with some Jalapeno thrown in.

Enjoy and for all you Texans out there - Happy Independence Day!


Reeni♥ said...

How cool that you are related to Anson Jones! No wonder you make such mouth watering Chili! I love cornbread with my chili, too and with bacon and cheese is so yummy! Happy belated Texas Independence Day!

doggybloggy said...

double checking...misty woods? I lost the e mail.

Anonymous said...

Mmmm.. that sounds wonderfully delicious! Happy celebration!

Gloria Chadwick said...

Beer with chili is good, but beer IN chili is even better. And what better way to celebrate Texas Independence Day than with a bowl of red? :)

Hornsfan said...

Reeni - Thanks, yep, as a kid (who spent many years in FL, not in TX) mom used to tell me who I was related to and it didn't quite mean anything...then moving back and taking some TX History courses in college it all clicked...very cool stuff!
doggybloggy - up misty woods it is!
5 star - thanks!
Gloria - you bethca, the Shiner in this makes the chili! It gives it a wonderful flavor from the honey-wheat brew that is just perfect as a balance to the hatch chili!

praying postmodern said...

Ok, so I am related to the same guy on your father's side on my father's side too...how odd. I use Shiner Bock in all my chili. Hefewisen is too tasty to pour into a pot.
And finally, yes you can use the Hatch Chili, because when we, may God always bless Texas, were independent everything on the eastern slope of what is now New Mexico was part of the Republic. Texas sold that land, the panhandle of Oklahoma, and part of Colorado to the U.S. for $10 million dollars to pay off debt as we joined the Union.

♥Rosie♥ said...

Beef chilli with beer now this DOES sound good!! A great way to celebrate Texas Independence.

Rosie x

Hornsfan said...

andrew - got to say, it's a little funny to be related anson jones and you and you to anson jones...ok now i've made a really confusing mess of a sentence! i agree with you on the tastiness of hef but it's still a great chili additives! you're right with the history, if i had been in charge of that land sale i might've kept new mexico but certainly would've sold off oklahoma, who needs that state anyway?
rosie - thanks - it's a terrific combo for sure!

Dee said...

Okay, love the chili & that beer is great in it too! Yummers! Andrew is making me slightly squeamish thinking your father & I are somehow related at some distant point if Anson Jones is on both your father's side & mine.... Does this add more of a crazy mix to what was an already combo loco?

Tangled Noodle said...

A good beer is a magic elixir, whether on it's own or in a nice, hearty chili like this!