do you remember bishops chili? it was in pilsen-it was a meaty chili that was SO incredibly perfect. they moved to westmont so i haven’t been back for 25 years or more.

anyhoo…i’m always chasing that “thing” that they did SO perfect. less tomatoes, more spices/meat/meat juices…soft awesome beans….

i got pretty close yesterday.

1 medium white onion
2 medium red peppers
2 italian sausage links
1 lb. ground sirloin
1/2 bulb garlic
1/4 cup red thai chili peppers
generous italian seasoning
3 small cans high quality diced tomatoes
2 small cans butch’s baked beans with sauce

1 cup fine chopped fresh purple basil
1 cup fine chopped cilantro

olive oil for frying

start the onion chopped in olive oil & salt. add sausage casing removed & crumbled to make a gravy. add ground beef. add spices & garlic mashed with the peppers. you can use any kind of hot peppers. i have a thai pepper plant right now that is fertile. after a while, add the red peppers small chopped, seeds removed. cover & cook till everything is combined well-10 minutes or more.

after the meat is properly browned, transfer to pot & add all the canned stuff. cook covered over low heat for a few hours. put fresh herbs in 15 minutes before serving.

you can top with any kind of cheese/sour cream/avocado, however, you really don’t need anything. this is EXCELLENT.

however, i need to go to westmont and eat bishops again. because i think i fell short of what they are. really….the very best in the world.