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Binging with Babish: Kevin’s Famous Chili from The Office

Binging with Babish: Kevin’s Famous Chili from The Office

♪ jazzy jazz bit ♪ ♪ Hey baby, I hear the blues are calling ♪ ♪ Toss Salads and Scramm-bled eggs ♪ Hey, what’s up guys? Welcome back to Binging with Babish, where this week we are making: Kevin’s Famous Chili from The Office I’m sorry I couldn’t play the clip at the beginning like usual, but NBC was blocking my video as soon as posted it so… If you wanna see the clip, just go ahead and click on these chilis. Three ounces (3 oz.) of dried ancho chilies and one ounce (1 oz.) of dried cascabel chilis. We’re gonna start by ripping these guys open, and getting all of the seeds out. Now I know Kevin just said he only uses ancho chilis but its pretty common to use more than one type of dried chili in a recipe like this and cascabels add a lot of ~smokiness, and ~earthiness, and ~chocolatey undertones We want to tear these guys up into about 1 inch pieces and put them into a saute pan over medium heat and toast until just barely smoking and fragrant We’re gonna take our toasted chilis and place them into the bowl of a food processor and blitz until they’re a really, really fine powder and this is gonna take awhile about two or three minutes so… pour yourself a drink, make sure your camera’s in focus Add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder 3 tablespoons cornflower 1 tablespoon freshly ground cumin and 1 tablespoon dried oregano pulse a few times to combine and then make sure your camera’s running when you add ¾ cup of chicken stock to make a spice paste otherwise your audience might get confused Moving on.. Kevin says he dices whole tomatoes so we’re going to core and dice about 6 roma tomatoes and then it’s time to address the matter of spiciness We’re going to finely mince 2 jalapenos and one half of a habanero pepper I was gonna do a whole habanero until I tried a little tiny piece of it.. innocent little tiny bite* ‘oh wow’ breath in ‘bracing’ breathe out ‘what have I done?’ tuberculosis cough* intense wheeze* ahh stepping of cam to cope* piercing ‘Aghh’ desperately* get rid of half of that. so yeah, your call. and make sure you use gloves when your chopping the habaneros you’ll thank me later when you forget to wash your hands before going to the bathroom. Kevin mentioned crushing whole cloves of garlic and I assumed he meant a garlic crusher or something that I forgot that I don’t own so we’re gonna practice making it with a knife just mince it up as fine as you can and then squish it back and forth against the board like this until you have garlic paste ..yes, I know, I’m still wearing gloves garlic’s really sticky! Now we come to the meat that we’re gonna use in our chili and I don’t like using ground beef. I like having little.. steaky-beefy bits every time I take a bite so we’re gonna trim the gristle and fat off of 3 lbs. of chuck steak that we’re then going to cut into strips, and dice into little cubes. Now I’m just gonna do a rough chop through to get little closer to ground beef but still giving a better texture and body to our chili. In a nice wide pot we’re gonna start with browning our beef Do this in batches so you don’t overcrowd the beef so it doesn’t steam You want to get good browning and crust on there so we can build up some fond in the bottom of the pot See how it sort of builds up as we go along? That is exactly what you wanna see That stuff is.. magic Set the beef aside, oil your pan place over high heat before adding our vegetables and Kevin said to undercook the onions so we’re just gonna sweat them a little bit before deglazing with a bottle of light lager scrape all that good stuff off of the bottom of the pot add our chopped tomatoes the rest of our beer our spice paste give that a mix before adding our brown beef back to the party then we’re gonna add the remainder of the chicken stock from which we used to make the spice paste we’re also gonna add about 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, the garlic that I forgot to add earlier, some soaked red kidney beans, and then we’re gonna put it in a 300°F oven with the lid ajar for 2 to 3 hours or until the beef is completely tender Take a minute to appreciate the smells that have been brewing in your apartment Season with salt and pepper as you see fit Now here at Binging with Babish we’re all about accuracy and faithfulness to source materials. so.. if you really want to enjoy Kevin’s famous chili in the traditional fashion get yourself a 6 foot length of low quality, poly fiber carpet and go ahead an plate it up on there Tell me that is not the most delicous thing you’ve ever seen Top it with some aged white cheddar and dig in. Now this was actually.. really, really, really good chili. I’ve never made chili from whole dried peppers before really adds a lot of depth to the flavor it was so good that I had another bite before remembering that I could just put some in a bowl. innocent sniff* startle* deep wheeze of regret* viscous cough as insides begin to burn* wheezing ‘oh man’ death cough* ‘phew’ sigh of hindsight* struggle to close lid to death spices* bye

68 comments on “Binging with Babish: Kevin’s Famous Chili from The Office

  1. Lol, was gonna say you forgot the most important ingredient before you poured it on the carpet. Still probably not as flavourful as the scranton branch carpet though.

  2. Use gloves when handling a lot of jalapeño peppers too! I made jalapeño poppers for date night, needless to say that was quite the eventful “night”

  3. Can you please try your best to dissect Skyline Chill 3 way? ITs probably the best chill and no one knows how to make it. Put your tastebuds to the test Big B!

  4. See he gets it. Everyone is like wear gloves when you chop chilis in case you touch your eyes. I never touch my eyes, I pee all the time. It’s not my eyes I’m worried about.

    Also, dried whole chilies are a must in chili. That flavorless powder is disgusting, regardless of the brand.

  5. Hey would it make a difference to use a standard kitchen blender instead of a food processor to blend the chilis and eventually the chili paste? I’ve accepted this might be a stupid question and I asked it anyway.

  6. Showed this to my mother, her comment was "You used all those ingredients and dared use box chicken stock, not bone broth." She likes making her own chicken stock…

  7. I know this is an older video but could you also use chili powder instead of pulverizing whole chili's if a food processor is not available?

  8. Yo babish if you toss alittle course salt down on your garlic u can paste it just pressing it out on the board with a knife

  9. I'm gonna replicate this idea of replicating dish from famous tv series; Babish chose Kevin's Chili, well I'm gonna go with Chandler-Rachel Cheesecake (which unfortunately they unapologizingly stole)!

    Oh wait..
    Can't do that..
    They were eating it straight from the floor..
    Old, rugged, dirty floors from aged NYC apartment.
    No one sell that kinda floor, right!?

  10. 100% wish I would’ve watched this video until the end because today I made this recipe and breathed in the chili pepper, vapor? Smoke? Dust? And about died immediately

  11. My favorite part about this was the end. Anyone who had ever worked with chiles knows it's a bad idea to smell them like that, but we always do it anyway.

  12. That whole family tree of chiles (pun intended) is a face full of basilisk breath if you ever ground them up and smell them like that. Oh white people. 😂

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