Although yesterday felt like the hottest day of the year so far, I felt like eating some chili today. It’s great in big batches, it’s filling and it goes great over rice. Still, I’m mostly looking forward to the leftovers – it’s been a while since I had a chili cheese hot dog, so I thought I should remedy that.
2 lb. ground meat (I used two packages of ground turkey and ground beef)
A few strips of bacon (mmm… bacon.)
1 large yellow onion
1 or 2 bell peppers
1 can white kidney beans from TJs
1 can diced tomatoes
1 bottle of beer
A few diced cloves of garlic
Chili spices (chili powder > cumin > paprika > onion powder and garlic powder)
Barbecue sauce (S swears by it!)
Honey, red wine vinegar
I began by putting the chopped pieces of bacon into a Dutch oven, and then adding garlic and onions until they were browned. Next, I added the ground turkey, cooked it a little, and then the ground beef. After the meat was browned, I added the bell peppers, kidney beans and tomatoes, topping it off with a bottle of Bud Light. Sorry to not be drinking it, but it’s going to a good cause.
Next, I added a bag of chili spices (I had a pre-made packet, which includes some corn meal I believe, from a county fair that one of my roommates went to, but it wasn’t enough), more spices and some barbecue sauce (I didn’t have any, so I used some ketchup instead). As an experiment, I also added some honey (for sweetness) and some red wine vinegar (for tangy-ness).
After that, I just simmered it until most of the liquid was gone, and then served over rice. Did I mention I’m looking forward to using the leftovers for chili cheese hot dogs?
-Wednesday, June 22, 2011