Iracane's Chili RecipeRob’s Chili as made by me last weekend for the Pro Bowl. It was excellent. 

Rob Iracane – Deadspin emeritus and baseball shrimp expert. (Shrimp being the sports term, but he cooks shrimp too.)

Beef and Black Bean Chili, Frome Fine Cooking, Perfected By Rob Iracane

1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp ground cumin
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp oregano
pinch cayenne pepper
3 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 lb ground beef
1-2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
two jalapeños, seeded and minced
1.5 cups chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, chopped
14-oz can diced tomatoes with juice
Beer, a few glugs
15-oz cans black beans, rinsed
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon Italian barrel-aged syrupy black balsamic vinegar
Sour cream, cilantro

Combine herbs and spices, set aside. Since we are lazy and do not want to toast and peel our own damn dried chilis, buy some good quality gourmet chili powder from the Internet or wherever.

In a Dutch oven, heat one tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Add beef and season with one teaspoon of kosher salt, break it up and saute until it ain’t pink. Remove beef from pan and drain the fat off. I cannot emphasize this enough. Greasy chili stinks. The sour cream you put on later will cover for the fat you just removed.

Add one tbsp olive oil to pan then the onions, peppers, and garlic, season with a pinch of kosher salt, and saute until tender. Add one MORE tbsp olive oil and your bowl of herbs and spices and stir it up good, coat the veg with the spices while cooking for about a minute.

Return the meat to the pan and dump in your tomatoes and a couple glugs of beer. Stir it up and bring it to a boil. Cover the pan, reduce the heat, and simmer away for a half hour.

Take off the top and stir in the beans and let that all cook up for 15 minutes.

THEN for the finishing touches: just before serving stir in one tablespoon of molasses and one teaspoon of real Italian barrel-aged syrupy black balsamic vinegar for sweetness and complexity. Serve with sour cream and cilantro and if you don’t like the taste of cilantro then just dump the whole pot of chili in the trash and reevaluate your life choices.

ENJOY!