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Cook Off Winner Chili - Texas Style

1 tablespoon salad oil
2 lbs stewing beef, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 cup coarsely chopped onion
14 cup diced green pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 (16 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 -3 hot pepper, finely chopped
2 tablespoons Mexican chili powder
1 12 teaspoons salt
2 bay leaves
2 (16 ounce) cans red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
12 cup grated cheddar cheese or 12 cup monterey jack cheese (or combo)


Heat oil over medium high heat in a large dutch oven. Add beef, onions, green pepper& garlic and cook until onion is tender (about 10 minutes), stirring frequently. Add tomatoes& their liquid, hot peppers, chili powder, salt& bay leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover& simmer for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaves. Stir in beans& their liquid and heat thoroughly. Serve in soup bowls; sprinkle with cheddar or monterey jack cheese (or a comb). Place under broiler for 1- 2 minutes to melt. Serve with your choice of sliced green onions, diced avocados, chopped green peppers, hunks of crusty bread, corn chips,saltine crackers or tortilla chips as accompaniments.

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