In a large soup pot or cast-iron Dutch oven over medium-high heat, sauté ground beef, onion, and garlic until the meat becomes gray in color. Add cumin, oregano, chili powder, salt, pepper, tomatoes, wine and beef broth. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, approximately 4 hours, stirring about every 15 minutes, ladling off any fat that rises to the top each time. (Note: If too thick, additional beef broth, water, or wine may be added as needed. If too thin, remove cover during last hour and let liquid evaporate to thicken; if more is needed, use a thickener such as Masa Harina or cornmeal.)
Add molasses to taste to cut down the acidity of the tomatoes. Add beans and continue to simmer another 30 minutes. NOTE: During the last 30 minutes of cooking, do a lot of tasting and adjust seasoning to taste.
You can serve immediately, but, for maximum flavor, cool chili and refrigerate overnight so flavors will mellow as chili is best made 1 day ahead to allow the flavors time to marry.
When ready to serve, remove top layer of solidified fat, reheat chili over low heat, and serve in large individual bowls.
Set out garnishes for your chili (some chopped green onions, sour cream and shredded sharp cheddar cheese make great topping).
Chili that is too salty can be saved by boiling a peeled potato in the pot of chili (the potato will absorb a lot of the salt).
If your chili comes out too thin, either:
1, Continue to simmer the chili longer until more liquid is reduced.
2. Add some instant mashed potatoes.
3. Add some yellow corn flour. This will also help absorb salt. Simply make a corn flour and water slurry, and add it in until the chili reaches the consistency is you want.
4. Masa Harina is another thickener that works very well in chili. It will add a slightly sweet hint to the chili, but it makes the consistency very nice.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (1256g)|
|Recipe Makes: 8 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 249 (39%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 27.7g||37 %|
|Saturated Fat 10.4g||52 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 11.6g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 1.5g|
|Cholesterol 115.7mg||36 %|
|Sodium 5083.1mg||175 %|
|Potassium 3637.5mg||96 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 57.7g||17 %|
|Dietary Fiber 14.4g||57 %|
|Sugars, other 43.3g|
|Protein 45.6g||65 %|
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Calories per serving: 646
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