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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Chili is food... What? Chili, Barnyard style.

So I got super lazy the other day and decided that dinner was going to be chili. Chili is dinner... isn't it? It's cold and gray outside and winter won't go away and it's making me grumpy. When I make chili, it's hearty and thick and sticks to the pot. I have no use for watery chili with no flavor and no substance. Now i know some people like it spicy hot, but this mild girl has to take it easy with the peppers. Feel free to add as much as you like in the form of powder, paste, dried peppers, or just hot sauce. If you gotta kick it up, kick it up. But here is the basic recipe for what I call my 'barnyard chili.'  3 meats, 4 beans, and nice and nommy. The addition of bison or venison really does kick up the depth a little. But use beef if you don't have access to either of those. Enjoy!

1/2 lb each:
   ground turkey (chicken)
   ground pork
   ground bison (venison or beef)
1 large yellow onion, diced (or 1/4 c dried minced onion)
2 tsps minced garlic (or dried minced garlic)
1 can or bottle of your favorite beer (and one more for you!)
1 can each:
   chili beans
   kidney beans
   black beans
   white beans
1 large can chopped tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
2-3 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp cumin
1 Tbsp black pepper
1 Tbsp salt
1 tsp ground cayenne or ancho
1 Tbsp liquid smoke
1 Tbsp onion powder

So here's the thing, this is so easy to make, anyone can do it. Brown the meat, yes, all together, just don't burn it, cook until it's just done. Then, dump everything else into the pot. No, I'm not kidding. Dump it all in there, don't drain the beans or tomatoes, just 'plop' and put the lid on it. Then leave it alone. I mean, stir it up first, but leave it alone after that. On the stove, on low for an hour or two, until you can't stand that amazing smell anymore. Stir it occasionally to make sure that a bunch of stuff isn't sticking to the pot, but it's just about no work. If it starts to get too thick, you can add a little water or tomato juice, but I find this to never be a problem. And that's it. Easy peasy chili, and there will be plenty for leftovers too.
MWWWAH!! Eat up everybody!!

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