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Cormac’s San Francisco Chili

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chiliWorld Series Warm-up

For some people, the World Series is just a distraction until football season starts and they can get down to watching a real game.  For others, the World Series is more than an extension of summer fun, it is a sporting tradition that goes back more than a century (to 1903).   No matter how much they differ on which team to root for, or even which sport is really America’s favorite pastime, sports fans can all agree—next to beer, nothing goes down better with a ball game than a spicy bowl (or two) of home-made chili.  This one is a spicy, meaty version you can enjoy even if the Giants never made it anywhere  near a playoff this season.

Cormac’s San Francisco Chili


-4 strips of bacon, uncooked
-2 pounds of ground beef (preferably 80% lean)
-2 yellow onions
-4 gloves of garlic
-2 large cans of crushed tomatoes
-2 large cans of kidney beans
-1  16-oz. jar Herdez Salsa Verde or other tomatillo salsa
-1 tbs. of cumin
-1 tbs. of chili powder


1. Slice the uncooked bacon into small pieces.

2. Dice the onions and mince the garlic on a separate cutting board, set aside.

3. Brown the bacon and set aside.

4. Brown the ground beef in the bacon fat.  Add the onions, garlic, chili powder and cumin as the beef browns.  Before the beef is complete cooked through, pour out the excess fat.

5. Drain the liquid from the beans and add them.  Add the salsa verde and the tomatoes.

6. Cook for at least 30 minutes on low, making sure to stir every five minutes or so.  The longer the chili cooks, the more flavor the beans absorb.

7. Serve in big bowls or over rice, spaghetti style.

Serves 6-8.

But what about the beer? For years, the rule of thumb has been, “The spicier the chili, the darker the beer.”  Rules, however, are made to be broken and you won’t go wrong if you choose to serve this chili with Corona and lime, because Corona and lime goes with everything and the lime works well with the tomatoes and cumin.  Since ball games intensify regional rivalries, be sure to offer some guests alternatives they can root for, like Shiner Bock from Texas, where they claim to have invented chili or  ice cold Harpoon IPA in honor of the Boston Red Sox.  Since it is called the “World” series, you can also chill a few bottles of Asahi, Tiger or Sapporo (because Ichiro Suzuki rocks) for that international flavor.