I love chili, but not to the extent that it deserves half a day of work and 50 ingredients, some of which must come from specialty stores.  So this is an easy, tasty and different take on Chili that brings Tex-Mex and Greek cooking to a crossroads.

Serves 8 people


  • 2 cups red onions, chopped
  • 2 cups green peppers, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground lamb
  • 1/2 pound Margaux sausage, casing removed
  • 3 garlic cloves, ย finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup ruby port
  • 1 28 oz can of whole tomatoes crushed by hand
  • 1 28 oz can of tomato puree
  • 1/4 cup of masa harina
  • 2 15 oz cans of garbanzo beans
    • To be served with the chili

Making It

  • Put a large dutch over on top of a medium-high heat, add two tablespoons of olive oil and sautรฉ onions and peppers until translucent, add the tomato paste and stir for another two minutes, stirring throughout with a wooden spoon
  • Add the meat, garlic, chili powder, oregano, cumin, cayenne and cook until pink barely disappears, spoon out the grease
  • Add the wine and ruby port and cook on high heat until almost evaporated
  • At the same time as you cook the meat but the puree, whole tomatoes and all the juices in a large stock pot over medium high heat, break the tomatoes down with the spoon
  • Add the meat to tomato sauce when the wine has evaporated and continue to cook for 75 minutes at a simmer
  • Take the masa hirana and mix it with with 1/2 cup of water, stir into the chili, then add the beans and cook another 15 minutes and serve with the toppings

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