Chili Today, Hot Tamale
Well, the dust is finally settling from the whirlwind that is our holiday weekend. I love spending so much time with family and friends. It is my favorite part, well it is a toss up between that and the food, lol. I bet I gained seven pounds during the last five days. Oh well, you only live once, right?
Of course, there is still one more major party in the works… We decided to do something different this year and host a New Year’s Eve Party. I was trying to come up with a fun menu for the party and my wife decided to take an impromptu survey among several of the attendees and the general consensus was… chili. Yes, I’m to make a giant pot of chili and then have a variety of support foods to eat with it: Fritos and the works for Chili Pie, pasta, hot dogs, etc.
Well, I haven’t made chili in eons and I have a decent recipe, but I thought this might provide an excellent opportunity for a contest. I want to hear your favorite chili recipes. If I choose yours, you will then have a choice of your own. You can either have a free e-book or you can be a character in my next book. Sound good?
Oh, and to get us started, here is my recipe:
• Olive oil
• 4 medium onions, chopped
• 2 medium green peppers, chopped
• 10 pounds ground beef
• 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
• 2 large cans(1 lb-13oz) cans stewed tomatoes
• 2 1lb cans tomato sauce
• 1 10oz. can Rotel
• 6 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 3oz. jars chili powder
• 1jalapeno pepper (seeded, de-veined and chopped)
• 2 tablespoons salt
• 1 tablespoon oregano
• 2 teaspoons garlic powder
• 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
Directions Brown meat in large skillet (you may have to do 2 batches of browning) and drain. Heat oil in a very large pot over medium heat. Saute onions, green peppers, and garlic until softened, about 10 minutes. Add meat, tomato paste, stewed tomatoes and tomato sauce. Stir in garlic powder, chili powder, salt, black pepper, oregano, Rotel, and jalapeno. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 hours, stirring every 15 minutes or so. Season to taste with salt and pepper halfway through cooking time.
Let the games begin…