This week we hit up Equinox’s chef-owner Todd Gray, who is in the midst of planning a special Inauguration brunch. The meal celebrates President Obama’s second-term win, as well as the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. To honor these events, Gray has composed a menu of dishes well loved by Martin Luther King and Barack Obama, including this chili recipe adapted from the president’s family archives. The three-course brunch is available from 11am to 3pm on Sunday, January 20 for $35 per person, not including tax or tip.
Obama Family Chili
- 2 ½ pounds ground lean chuck
- 1 pound ground lean pork
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 cup onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup green pepper, finely chopped
- ½ cup red pepper, finely chopped
- 6 ounces tomato paste
- 1 cup water
- 1 can (12 ounces) beer
- 3 tbsp chili powder
- 1 quart chicken broth
- 2 tbsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp paprika
- 2 cups cooked black beans
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 2 tsp sugar
- ½ tsp ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- Salt and pepper
- Sour cream, for garnish
- Scallions, for garnish
- Smoked cheddar cheese, for garnish
- In a large saucepan brown 1 ¾ pounds of the ground meat (an even mix of the beef and pork), then drain the fat.
- Remove this batch of meat. Brown the rest of the ground meat, drain all but 2 tablespoons of the fat.
- Add the garlic, onions, and peppers. Cook and stir until tender.
- Add the other half of the meat and the tomato paste, black beans, water, beer, chili powder, stock, cumin, paprika, oregano, sugar, coriander, and Tabasco sauce. Mix well.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 2 hours.
- Top with with grated smoked cheddar cheese, sour cream and chopped scallion rounds.