Todd English spices up prime rib chili

A good spice blend can take any dish from good to great. Chef and restaurateur Todd English shares a prime rib chili perked up with a Mexican spice blend.

Prime rib chili

Ingredients

    • 2 lb.prime rib steak, cut into 1⁄2-inch cubes
    • 1⁄4 tsp. Kosher salt
    • 1⁄8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
    • 1⁄4 cup olive oil
    • 1 large finely diced red onion
    • 4 cloves finely chopped garlic
    • 2 seeded and diced Anaheim chiles
    • 2 to 4 tbsp. Mexican Spice Blend
    • 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
    • 1 (14.5-oz.) can chopped tomatoes
    • 2 cups drained and rinsed assorted canned beans
    • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
    • 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded Monterey Jack cheese,

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Sprinkle steak with salt and pepper. Cook, in batches, in hot oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat, stirring occasionally, 4 minutes or until browned on all sides. Transfer to a bowl, reserving drippings in Dutch oven. Reduce heat to medium. Add onion to hot drippings, and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes. Add garlic, and cook 2 minutes. Stir in chiles and Mexican Spice Blend, and cook, stirring often, 2 minutes. Return steak to Dutch oven. Add broth and tomatoes. Bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 45 minutes. Stir in beans, and cook 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in lime juice. Serve with cheese.

Mexican spice blend
Servings:

Makes about 1⁄4 cup

Ingredients

    • 2 tbsp. ancho chile powder
    • 2 tsp. crushed red pepper
    • 2 tsp. ground coriander
    • 1 1⁄2 tsp. ground cumin

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Stir together all ingredients in a small bowl. Place in an airtight container and store at room temperature up to 1 month.

Tips:

Note: Ancho chiles are dried poblano

Blue cheese-almond butter
Servings:

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

    • 3⁄4 cup toasted, slivered almonds
    • 1 cup softened, unsalted butter,
    • 3⁄4 cup crumbled blue cheese
    • 1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt
    • 1⁄2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Pulse almonds in a food processor 15 times or until consistency of coarse meal. Add butter and next 3 ingredients; process until combined. Add panko; process until combined, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.

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