Monday, October 10, 2011

Rainy Day Chili

It's been pouring down rain today. I think some parts of Orlando have received 8 inches or more today alone. Rocket Man and I are bored out of our mind.

We slept in. We watched two football games - both our teams lost. We put "eco film" on his windows to try and reduce the late afternoon sun that scorches us in the living room. We made french toast for breakfast. And then we were going stir crazy. So we decided to take a trip to Publix because we thought it would be great to make chili. 

I've never made chili. It's a new thing for me. I've never really liked it. But, when we were up in Colorado, Rocket Man's aunt made us her chili recipe. I was amazed. It was delicious. We originally thought we'd try that one, but the recipe she wrote down was in my kitchen and that's all the way in Orlando. With much research and discussion of which recipe to start with we ultimately decided to wing it. 

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 package sausage
  • 4 cloves garlic (pressed)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped white onions
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 cup salsa (we used Publix black bean and corn salsa)
  • 3/4 cup beer (we used Sam Adams)
  • 1 small can chopped green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • green onions
  • sour cream
  • cheddar cheese, grated
1. Brown beef and sausage in a large pot with onions and garlic cloves until meat is no longer pink and onions are soft
2. Throw in all remaining ingredients in the pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 15, 20, 25 minutes - whatever you do, just make sure you give it at least 15 minutes. You can keep simmering until you're ready for dinner. It's easy. And delicious.

Rocket Man agrees. 

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