Total Calories: 498
In a 6-quart saucepan, sear beef (cubed or coarsely ground) in oil until beef color is gray, not brown. Add water, bay leaves, chili powder, salt, garlic, comino seeds, oregano, red pepper, pepper, sugar, paprika, and onion flakes. Simmer, covered, 2 hours. Cool. Refrigerate overnight so flavors will mellow.
Remove top layer of solidified fat. Reheat. With a little cold water, make a paste of flour and cornmeal. Add paste to chili. To obtain a smooth texture, cook and stir 5–7 minutes after thickening has been added. Remove bay leaves before serving.
Fun Fact: Parícutin is a cinder cone volcano in the Mexican state of Michoacán, close to a lava-covered village of the same name. The volcano began as a fissure in a cornfield owned by a P’urhépecha farmer, Dionisio Pulido, on February 20, 1943. Pulido, his wife, and their son all witnessed the initial eruption of ash and stones first-hand as they ploughed the field. The volcano grew quickly, reaching five stories tall in just a week, and it could be seen from afar in a month.
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