Family is all around, even across the country
If you have been around me for at least a day, you know I am a huge sports nut. You can probably blame that on my dad sitting my brother and I in front of the television during major holidays like Super Bowl Sunday, Start of March Madness, End of March Madness, when the Suns play the Lakers…you know the big ones, and being so passionate about the game. From his loud roars on a huge three pointer to yelling at the television (side note: my dad, to my knowledge, has never cursed. One time he yelled at my brother and I for saying suck in a non-sport related context. I am not sure where he went wrong with my sailor mouth), my dad’s love for sports laid the ground work for my love of sports.
Which brings us to this week’s recipe for the big game: Chicago Chili. No that the Bears were not in the Super Bowl this week, a hurtful fact my brother is still mad about, however can you really go wrong with anything Chicago food related? Hotdogs, pizza, and anything with that Chicago twist is amazing plus it is where some of my family is from. Ironically, actually not, I got this recipe from my Chicago Native cousin Lindsey. While I was cooking this, other members of the family across the country were making their own Chili. It was kind of like a large family dinner we all ate together. You got to love it.
Writing Note: words that look like this are Lindsey’s commentary and words that look like this are mine
Chicago Chili (feeds 6-ish)
Large pot (6 quarts at least or 8 quarts if you can, otherwise things can get messy)
Large sturdy spoon
1 pound ground turkey or beef (if use beef go for lean (less fat))
1 can black beans (16oz)
1 can chili beans (16oz) *if you can’t find chili beans sub in kidney
1 can diced tomatoes (16oz)
1 packet chili seasoning *it’s like the packets for taco seasoning, but for chili
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon italian seasoning (if you don’t have use equal parts dry basil and oregano…its basically the same thing)(I can’t find seem to remember to buy Italian seasoning to save my life, but luckily I had basil and oregano)
2 tablespoons chili powder (maybe, depending how spicy you’re going for)(put in like 3 to give it some more flavor)
1 medium onion
1 medium tomato(another fun, well not really, fact about me is I hate tomatoes. Lindsey quickly sent me back and an email telling me it is alright for me to avoid this, and as you should too)
1 large green pepper
1/2 pound mushrooms
3 cloves fresh garlic
shredded cheese (optional topping)(cheese is always a must in my opinion)
diced onion (optional topping) (of you want, buy a large onion and use most for the chili but keep some for the topping)
sour cream (optional topping)
crackers/ sliced french bread (optional accompaniment)(I bought some, but didn’t end up using it)
- In large skillet place turkey (or beef), sprinkle with garlic powder and italian seasoning, brown.
- While meat is browning (though remember to check on it so as not to burn):
o Chop onion and green pepper into large chunks
o Mince garlic.
o Heat oil on medium in bottom of large pot; add garlic. Let cook 2 min.
o Add onion and green pepper
o Chop tomatoes, and mushrooms into chunks
o Slice jalapeño into thick pieces (so people can see them if they don’t want to eat them)
- When meat is browned add 2 tablespoons of water and packet of chili seasoning, stir well.
(TIP: put contents of seasoning in a small bowl and add boiling water, mix until dissolved then add to meat. its easy to make sure that the seasoning is dissolved and completely mixed into the meat) ( I read this after the fact, but still tasted good)
- Add meat to large pot, stir.
- Add all beans and diced tomatoes, stir. Add jalapeño, mushrooms, and tomatoes, stir.
- Let cook on medium heat for at least 30 minutes, and up to an hour.
- Taste. If you would like it spicier add chili powder, add slowly and taste often. You can add more, but you can’t remove it.(Beyond the three I did, I added another three every ten minutes, and I didn’t think it was too spicy)
I still had some leftover, but still good after a day. And hey had a little taste of Chicago. The video review is a quick one from Drew and Little Biggie, well a sleeping Biggie. Thank you, and keep sending recipes!