Laura Moon's Chili

From American Gods by Neil Gaiman  

Continuing with another more obscure dish, this one appeared in Neil Gaiman's novel, "American Gods." When Shadow Moon gets out of prison he eats his first meal as a free man at a bar that claims to have the best chili in the state. After a couple mouthfuls he decides that the chili is good, but definitely not the best in the state. He then begins to reminisce about his not-quite-deceased wife's far superior chili. No recipe was given directly by Gaiman, but many of the the ingredients were mentioned. I took what Neil wrote and expanded upon it to create this recipe. Hope you enjoy!


2lbs lean meat

4 cans dark kidney beans

2 carrots, finely chopped

1 bottle dark ale

2 hot peppers, sliced

1 c. red wine

lemon juice

1 pinch fresh dill

1 tsp. coriander

1 (14 ounce) can beef broth

1 tsp. cayenne

3 ½ tbs. chili powder

2 white onions, chopped

2 tbs. olive oil

2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste

2 tbs cumin

3 cloves garlic

1 can diced tomatoes

DirectionsHeat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook onions, garlic, lean meat in oil for 10 minutes, or until the meat is well browned and the onions are tender. Mix in the diced tomatoes with juice, dark beer, wine, tomato paste and beef broth. Season with chili powder, cumin, dill, cayenne pepper, coriander and salt. Stir in carrots, 2 cans of the beans and hot chile peppers. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 2 hours. Stir in the 2 remaining cans of beans, and simmer for another 30 minutes. Top with sour cream and cheese if desired!
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  2. This chili is currently simmering in my kitchen. My BF said the best way to make good chili was to get some pre-fabricated spice and add meat and beans. After tasting this, he is about to reconsider.

    (I have to build a shrine for this chili and worship it on a regular base, although I'm not a chili-fan usually. And yes, I only started making this cause I'm a Gaiman fangirl.)

    1. You should really check out this recipe.

  3. I am going to try to make a vegetarian version of this for our book club meeting next week! We always try to have a food theme based on the book. I thought maybe somebody had already tried to make this so I searched the web and found your blog. It's a very cool idea and I will definitely try some of the other recipes!!

  4. YEASH!!! Been looking for this recipe FOREVER!!!

  5. I tried making this, it tasted okay - it was certainly edible, but it wasn't Laura's chili. (non-sic)

    I'll actually try making it when I get home from vacation! :D

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