The Best Chili Ever

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Ingredients for 6 servings

1 pound dried dark red kidney beans

Kosher salt

4 quarts water

3 whole Ancho, Pasilla, or

2 whole New Mexico red, California, Costeño, or Choricero chiles, seeded, and torn into rough 1-inch pieces (about 1/8 ounce)

1 whole Cascabel, Arbol, or Pequin chile, seeded, and torn in half

5 pounds bone-in beef short rib, trimmed of silverskin and excess fat

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 quart low-sodium chicken broth (preferably home made), divided

2 whole anchovy filets

1 teaspoon marmite

2 teaspoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 1/2 tablespoons whole cumin seeds, toasted, then ground

1 1/2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds, toasted, then ground

2 whole cloves, toasted and ground

1 star anise, toasted and ground

1 tablespoon extra-finely ground coffee beans

1 ounce chopped unsweetened chocolate

1 large yellow onion, diced fine (about 1.5 cups)

3 fresh Thai bird chiles or 1 jalapeño, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)

1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves

2 bay leaves

1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

1/4 cup cider vinegar, plus more to taste

1/4 cup vodka or bourbon

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

For the garnish (all suggestions optional):

Scallions, sliced fine

Cheddar, Jack, or Colby cheese, grated

Sour cream

Jalapeño or poblano peppers, diced and seeded

Onion, diced

Avocado, diced



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