Sunday, January 11, 2009

Chili

I haven't made chili in a really long time.  Last weekend, my friend James made some and inspired me to do the same.  I think it turned out quite well.


Ingredients:
  • Ground beef (90/10 lean)
  • Ground turkey
  • Celery root
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Roasted red pepper
  • Apple cider
  • Peas (1 can)
  • Corn (1 can)
  • Black beans (1 can)
  • Pinto beans (1 can)
  • Kidney beans (1 can)
  • Garbanzo beans (1 can)
  • Tomato sauce (2 cans)
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Bay leaf
  • Kosher salt
  • Raw cane sugar
  • Honey
  • Black pepper
  • Red pepper
  • White pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic salt
  • Garlic
  • Cumin
  • Cloves
  • Dry mustard
  • Paprika

Procedure:

Chili is one of the easiest things to make.  All I did was cut up the ingredients that weren't canned, caramelized the onions and celery, browned the ground beef and turkey, put everything in a big pot, and let it simmer for about 2.5 hours.  I tasted it from time to time and seasoned it to my taste.  I went heavy on cumin because it suited my palate and my mood.  

Resulting Deliciousness:

This was fantastic chili.  One key thing that some people don't think of is the sugar.  Sugar helps balance the spices and salt and really gets all the flavors to blend together smoothly.  I didn't make this chili very spicy because I didn't feel like spicy food tonight.  Chili, and stews in general, always taste better after sitting around for a while.  I'm really looking forward to eating this for lunch for the rest of the week!
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