Most versions sacrifice flavor for blistering heat. We wanted to sweat, all right, but we also wanted deep, complex chile pepper flavor.
Why This Recipe Works
As the name implies, five-alarm chili should be spicy enough to make you break a sweat, but it has to have rich, deep chile flavor as well. We used a combination of dried anchos, smoky chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, fresh jalapenos, and chili powder to create layers of flavor. Ground beef adds bulk, and pureeing the chiles along with canned tomatoes and corn chips adds extra body and another layer of flavor. Mellowed with a bit of sugar, and enriched with creamy pinto beans, this chili is well balanced and spicy without being harsh.