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Award Winning Chili*

*(according to a limited test group)

chiliCooking
chiliCooking

What can I say – I know chili. Ok, I don’t really know what the hell I’m doing & just kinda wing it.

There are some core ingredients that you have to have & you just play around with ancillary ingredients. Can I get an amen that this is how it is done?! Talked some sh*t that my slow cooker chili was better than someone else’s & hence came the chili throw down.

All of the chilis were amazingly different that is for sure – meat only, veggie, Cincinnati (?), etc., but it was nice to put all of them together to see how different folks interpret what they come up with.

Props to Greg for providing space for us to do so & to Josephine & John for great trophies!

trohpiesChili
trohpiesChili

Main ingredients (from memory!):

  • 2 cans kidney beans (drained)
  • 1 can black beans (drained)
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1 can Ro-Tels tomatoes/green chilies (undrained)
  • 1/2 lb lean grd. beef (cooked)
  • 1/2 lb grd. pork (cooked)
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 tblsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 tblsp chili powder
  • 2 chipotle chiles (blended w/ 1 tsp sauce) – this was a last minute add on, but was just perfect for smell & slight kick
  • couple of good grinds of pepper
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Cook it:

  • Put all ingredients in the crock & set on LOW for 8hrs
  • I find if you are around while cooking, to put on HI @ 6hr mark for hour & then last hour set on WARM – this lets the last of the liquid cook off & set-up so that you don’t have a ton juice. Personally, I like my spoon to stand at attention when putting it in bowl.
chiliWinners
chiliWinners


Sides/Toppings:

  • 4-cheese / mexi blend shredded cheese
  • nice dollop of sour cream or greek yogurt
  • diced up green onions
  • regular saltines – you have to have this for sure for dipping & palette cleanser

Note: This was not too spicy hot – so that everyone could eat it. Would have added another 1 or 2 chipotle peppers, but I like to sweat it out (pussies beware!).

Thanks to everyone who came out on a nice day with tons of sides, rhubarb desserts (love me some rhubarb) & Shocker talk (to each their own sickos).

Rock out with your trophy out!

Simple Chili or Simply Chili

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Capt Chili - not the first to die cause I have yellow shirt, not red

Well, it finally came to this – Oct. 31st & I had to make some chili. It is way easy & I can dutch oven myself later in the evening.

This crock never ever fails. Did you hear me dammit, EVER.

The ingredients:

  • 2 cans kidney beans (sometimes I get nutty switch one out w/ black beans or some other bean, they all work) – 1 drained, 1 un-drained
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes – undrained (or you can go naughty & do 2 cans Rotel)
  • 1 lb lean cooked beef (could be chopped chicken or Yves Veggie ground whatnot or stew meat) – need I say, drain the fat fatty!
  • 1 tblsp cayenne + more if you like it spicy, I know you do…
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 can (4 oz) green chiles
  • 1 packet of the chili powder stuff (McCormick or store brand – doesn’t matter) – you don’t really need to add this, I just found one so threw it on in there
  • sour cream / greek yougurt
  • green onions (handful)
  • shredded cheese

Cook:

  • Throw all that crap in to the crock & put on LOW for 8 hrs or HI for 4
  • must I clarify – not the sour cream, green onions or cheese – that would totally mess it up numb nuts! (Capt. Chili’s words not mine)

Top with:

  • dollop of sour cream or my fav – some greek yogurt
  • shredded cheese (the 4 way mexi stuff works wonders or tear up american slices & make a pentagram – your call)
  • green onions

Sides:

  • cornbread – we had leftovers
  • crushed up saltines & then some full ones to dip with
  • some nice crusty bread
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This is NOT Diarrhea

Bam girlfriend, you have yourself a meal & then some! Actually, I almost enjoy the chili a day or 2 afterwards since it gets thicker while sitting.

As the Great Pumpkin said: Give unto chili & it will give thrice later in bed.
Crock on you crazy diamond.