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The Best Chili Ever Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried dark red kidney beans
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 quarts water
  • 3 whole Ancho, Pasilla, or Mulato chilies, seeded, and torn into rough 1-inch pieces (about 1/2 ounce)
  • 2 whole New Mexico red, California, Costeño, or Choricero chilies, seeded, and torn into rough 1-inch pieces (about 1/8 ounce)
  • 1 whole Cascabel, Arbol, or Pequin chili, seeded, and torn in half
  • 5 pounds bone-in beef short rib, trimmed of silverskin and excess fat
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth (preferably home made), divided
  • 2 whole anchovy filets
  • 1 teaspoon marmite
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons whole cumin seeds, toasted, then ground
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds, toasted, then ground
  • 2 whole cloves, toasted and ground
  • 1 star anise, toasted and ground
  • 1 tablespoon extra-finely ground coffee beans
  • 1 ounce chopped unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced fine (about 1.5 cups)
  • 3 fresh Thai bird chiles or 1 jalapeño, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup vodka or bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon Buffalo-style hot sauce, such as Franks RedHot (or more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • For the Garnish (all suggestions optional):>
  • Scallions, sliced fine
  • Cheddar, Jack, or Colby cheese, grated
  • Sour cream
  • Jalapeño or poblano peppers, diced and seeded
  • Onion, diced
  • Avocado, diced
  • Saltines
  • Fritos

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