Good Ideas: Leftover Brisket Chili

I slow roasted that fantastic 6 hour brisket on Sunday, but by Wednesday, we were tired of brisket sandwiches.

What else to do with leftover brisket? Rachael Ray had a good idea of making a brisket tomato ragu to serve over penne. That sounded good, but we had already had our once a week pasta, but will save it for next time.

I found this great recipe on Fine Cooking Magazine's website, and tailored it to what I had in my cupboard. I used canned beans instead of soaking dried beans overnight, why not make life easy? I was using leftover meat as the main ingredient, so keep it simple.

I used a Hoegaarden Belgian beer because I didn't have Corona or any Mexican beer, and it turned out great.

and.....if you want to make a 3rd meal out of leftovers (which is pretty funny, talk about stretching a $15. brisket!), then roll up the leftover brisket chili into flour or corn tortillas the next day and garnish w/ cilantro, sour cream and avocado! Brisket tacos!

I feel so thrifty!

Leftover Brisket Chili (really good!):

1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tbsp ancho chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
3 tbsp tomato paste
1 16oz. can of kidney beans, rinsed & drained
1 14oz. can of fire roasted chopped tomatoes
1 12oz. bottle of Mexican beer (like Corona)
1 lb. of leftover cooked brisket meat, cut up into chunks
1 tbsp red wine vinegar (don't skip this ingredient)

In a heavy Dutch oven or stockpot, cook the onions and garlic with the 3 spices on medium heat, moving them around with a wooden spoon, so they are coated with the spices, about 4 minutes till the onions are translucent.

Add the tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, and beer and bring to a boil.
Add the leftover brisket and kidney beans.

Turn down the heat and simmer about 30 minutes to desired thickness.
Add the tablespoon of red vinegar and stir.

Serves 4 generously.

I can't wait to make a brisket again so I have leftovers to make this fabulous chili!



Susan said…
I, too, made brisket in the oven the other day! Thanks for your idea on what to do with the leftovers.
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The JR said…
Remaking food into something else is something I luv to do! With cost of ingredients, I don't want to waste anything.

Looks good.
oh stacey don't forget to make some homemade hash w/ that brisket!!
kat said…
Oh this sounds like what Matt & I did with out leftover crock pot roast too. Such a great use of beef leftovers!
I'm really liking the sound of your brisket tacos, you might have something there! You're so thirfty!
Anonymous said…
Amazing!!! We all went back for seconds...:)