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Brad Budge's chili from Port Credit, ON

So spicy that you should bring a fan for the heat. 



For the chili powder:

  • 3 chipotle pepper or ancho
  • 3 morita chiles or cascabel
  • 3 arbol chile or Bird's Eye
  • 2 tablespoons cumin seeds pestle & mortar it down to a powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder (do not use garlic salt)
  • 1 tablespoon dried mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground coffee

For the chili:

  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1 large sweet onion diced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 medium carrot diced
  • 2 celery diced
  • 4 garlic cloves diced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder (sometimes I'll add one extra scoop)
  • 2 830 milliliter fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 415 milliliter chick peas rinsed and drained
  • 1 830 milliliter red kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 830 milliliter black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 whole lime juiced
  • 2 tablespoons cricket powder or 50% cocoa powder (Mix both is an option too)
  • 2 cups vegetable stock (only add if the chili is too thick)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Chopped cilantro, sliced or diced avocado, cheese and sour cream for garnish
  • 45 milliliters tequila - Anejo (otional)


For the chili powder:

  1. Depending how hot you like it, remove all the seeds, keep all of them or some. I use about 1/3 of seeds and toss into the pot.
  2. Chop the peppers and put them into a grinder and bring to a dust.
  3. Add all other spice items and mix. Put in a tightly sealed container or jar for up to six months.

For the chili:

  1. On a medium-high pan. Add oil, then onion, celery, red pepper, carrot and garlic. Sauté till onions start to turn translucent.
  2. Add in chili powder and coat all the vegetables for about a minute then remove from heat.
  3. Add all the other ingredients into your pot and simmer.
  4. At some point you're going to need to start adding salt till you're happy with the results.
  5. I like to use a blitzer in the chili just a little to get the visual look that I like. Or about 1/4 of your batch just put in a blender then return back to the pot is just as effective.

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