Sunday, February 3, 2013

Super Bowl of Chili

Tonight's the annual Super Bowl football championship game between the Ravens and the 49ers.  Regardless of who wins, one thing is certain: LOTS of people will be gathering together tonight for parties to "watch the game" and will be feasting on LOTS of wonderful foods.  One of the foods that is often prepared for a night like this is chili.

Chili comes in lots of different forms.  Many will argue whether or not it should have beans (or any kind) or even tomatoes.  Chili can also come in a variety of "color"s based upon the stock of the liquid: red (most common), green, or white.  Many Americans from various regions will argue to their death that something is NOT chili unless it is prepared THEIR way.  Regardless of how you like it, it will be served and eaten in large quantities tonight.  In fact, as I type this posting I've got a crock pot simmering with my version (another debate crock pot vs. stove top pan).  To explore more on the history and variations of chili visit the Wikipedia page for chili con carne (with meat).

Here's my recipe for tonight.  If you have a variation or a completely different recipe feel free to share in the comments section.
  1. In a large crock pot combine:
    1. 15 oz can of red kidney beans (drained)
    2. 15 oz can of pinto beans (drained)
    3. 15 oz can of black beans (drained)
    4. two 15 oz cans of tomato sauce
    5. two 12 oz cans of Rotel tomatoes & chilies mix
    6. mix and set on low heat
  2. In a skillet brown 2 lbs of lean ground turkey (or beef if you prefer) and add:
    1. 2 packets of favorite chili seasoning mix (I'm using French's brand today)
    2. chili powder (to your taste)
    3. black pepper (to your taste)
    4. and, in honor of my Louisiana family/blood-line, Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning (to your taste)
    5. strain grease (if desired)
  3. Add browned turkey (or beef) into crock pot and stir together
  4. If being served "soon" leave on low heat or if being served "later" reduce to warm and allow time to simmer.
  5. Additional options (which I most often use):
    1. one bottle of Shiner Boch beer (typically added a while after the meet)
    2. half of a standard size Hershey's Chocolate bar broken into pieces (just adds another dimension of flavor)
  6. Serve (I like it over Frito's corn chips with a handful of shredded cheddar cheese and a dollap of sour cream)

Remember, post your favorite recipe or suggested variations in the comments section.

Until next time, remember happy eating is only an adventure away.

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