Cannabis chili might seem like an especially strange way to include cannabis in your meals, but it is actually a super tasty recipe that is great just for its base flavor.
Here is how to make this delicious, infused meal, allowing you to combine the flavors of a classic chili with your favorite cannabis strains.
How Does Cannabis Chili Work?
Cannabis chili sounds like some kind of weird recipe that somehow combines whole cannabis buds with chili. If you mentioned it to someone inexperienced with cannabis, they would probably assume it to be some kind of disgusting monstrosity.
However, it is actually pretty simple – it merely involves using cannabis oil when making your chili, but otherwise sticking to your favorite chili recipe.
So, all you need to make cannabis chili is some excellent quality cannabis oil.
How Do You Make Cannabis Oil?
But you can also make your own. There are lots of helpful guides online, but the fundamental process involves heating oil and mixing cannabis buds into it. Check out our easy-to-follow guide below for more details.
By heating your cooking oil up to a pretty warm temperature and stirring in your favorite ground up buds, you allow the essential cannabinoids to seep into the oil.
Whether you decide to make your own or buy it online, what do you need to do to use cannabis oil in your cannabis chili?
How to Make Cannabis Chili
Here’s everything you need to make this simple cannabis chili recipe:
- 1/4 Cup Cannabis Oil
- Two tablespoons vegetable or other cooking oil
- Two large onions, coarsely chopped
- One bell pepper, chopped
- 1/4 pound dried chilies (Ancho, chipotle, etc.)
- Five cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
- Two pounds of fatty beef (ideally 15% fat content)
- 3 (14.5 ounces) cans of whole, peeled tomatoes
- Two teaspoons salt
- A few twists of freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons ground cumin (ideally whole cumin seeds heated and then ground in a pestle and mortar)
- 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- Two tablespoons sweet smoked paprika
- Two tablespoons dried oregano
- 2 (15.25 ounce) cans favorite beans, such as red kidney beans
- 1 tbsp coarse cornmeal (optional)
- First, soak your dried chilies in hot water to soften them for about 20 minutes. Once soft, blend them with your seasonings in a blender, into a thin paste. You can also add a bit of cornmeal to help thicken it to your desired consistency. This is your chili paste!
- To get started, heat your beef in a deep, wide pan, such as a Dutch oven. You are trying to get a lot of beautiful color on the meat, so keep it at medium to medium high heat. At first, the beef will release a lot of water, but keep cooking it and occasionally stir until the water all evaporates, and the meat will then start browning in the oil.
- Once it is nicely browned and the bottom is in danger of burning, take out the beef and reserve it to the side.
- Sauté your onions and bell pepper in the vegetable oil and leftover beef fat in the same pan. Once nicely cooked and sweet-smelling, add your garlic and cook for about a minute.
- Then, add back in your meat, along with your tomatoes and your chili paste, and stir it all together.
- Cook this for about an hour on the hob, or up to four hours in the oven at 350-degrees Fahrenheit for extra tenderness, until the meat is supple and easy to chew.
- Once done, add your cannabis oil and bring it all back up to temperature, and you will be left with some tasty Cannabis Chili.
The slightly bitter notes of the cannabis oil will complement the spicy qualities of the chili peppers in your chili.
It is not only tasty, but a great way to give yourself a mild dose of CBD or THC.
Enjoy responsibly, and make sure that, if you are planning on sharing it, you let your tasters know it contains cannabis oil before they try it!
For more unique and enjoyable ways to consume cannabis, check out our fantastic recipes section here.