State Fair Chili . . .

This hearty chili is a Minnesota State Fair staple, spiked with chile powder and paprika.


¼ cup canola oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
1 rib celery, finely chopped
2 lb. ground beef
¼ cup chile powder
2 tbsp. tomato paste
2 tbsp. paprika
2 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 (28-oz.) cans whole, peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand
2 (15-oz.) cans kidney beans, drained
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Heat oil in a 6-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery, and cook until soft, about 6 minutes. Add beef, and cook, stirring, until browned, about 25 minutes. Add chile powder, tomato paste, paprika, salt, and garlic, and cook, stirring, until browned, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often, for 1 hour. Add beans, and cook, until thickened, about 30 minutes. Season chili with salt and pepper.