Hard Rock Cafe Chili

Hard Rock Cafe Restaurant Copycat Recipe

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 large cloves garlic, crushed
2 1/2 pounds lean beef chuck, coarsely ground for chili
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons celery salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon instant minced onion
1 teaspoon instant minced garlic
dash ground red cayenne pepper
1 (15 oz.) can whole tomatoes, chopped, with liquid
3/4 cup cup drained and rinsed red kidney beans, (about half 16 ounce can)
1 (4 oz.) jar pimentos, coarsely chopped, with liquid
1 medium green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup diced celery

In 5 quart saucepan over medium high heat, heat oil, add onion and crushed garlic; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently until softened.  Add ground beef; cook about 6 minutes, stirring frequently until meat is browned. 

Meanwhile, in small bowl combine tomato paste, Worcestershire, barbecue sauce, chili powder, brown sugar, soy sauce, celery salt, cumin, black pepper, seasoned salt, minced onion, minced garlic and ground red pepper; stir well to mix. Drain fat off browned beef; stir in seasoning mixture.

Bring to simmer over medium heat; cook, stirring, 5 minutes.  Add tomatoes with their liquid and kidney beans; reduce heat to low. Cook, covered, 15 minutes, uncovering occasionally to stir.  Add pimentos with their liquid, green pepper and celery; cook, uncovered, 5 minutes longer. stirring occasionally.  Makes 8 to 10 servings.

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