The name of this chili is taken from a line in the musical version of Cyrano de Bergerac, book and lyrics by Anthony Burgess. In the opening scene, Ragueneau explains to Christian of Roxanne's predicament regarding the Count de Guiche who has designs on her although wed to another, and plans to have Roxanne marry a complacent Viscount who will allow the Count to have his way. Because of her social position, Roxanne is near powerless to prevent this because, as Ragueneau puts it, "... de Guiche could unleash, if he wish, enough concentrated hell to make her wish she had never been born!" (Good God, I have strange thought processes.) Also, a word or two about the American spelling of this dish. We spell it CHILI, with only one L. The pepper pod itself it CHILE with an E at the end. This is not a purist's form of Chili, to be sure. There are those who hold that real Chili is just meat and the spicy gravy, and cringe at the notion of adding beans. And I've made my fondness of canned no-bean Wolf Brand Chili from Texas well known on this board. But this version isn't too shabby, either.
- 1 pound dried pinto beans
- 1 pound ground beef
- 4 new mexico dried chile pods (or anaheim)
- 2 pasilla chile pods (or ancho)
- 1 large onion
- 1 packet onion soup mix
- 2 cans lager
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 can tomato sauce
- vegetable oil
Concentrated Hell Chili is a community recipe submitted by JonMc and has not been tested by Nigella.com so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.
*EITHER WEAR RUBBER GLOVES DURING THIS OR WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY AFTER HANDLING THE PEPPERS! AND IF YOU USED SCISSORS TO SNIP OPEN AND CUT THE PODS, WASH THOSE AS WELL! I AM SERIOUS!
Serve with corn bread, a cool crisp cole slaw, and plenty of cold beer, for 6 to 8 people.