Monday, June 6, 2011
Kim's Awesome Chili
So, last night I had a pound of local burger from Pixie in my fridge that I needed to put to use, so I decided on chili. I'm pretty broke, but always have a good supply spices on hand and just started pulling everything out that popped into my head that may be good in chili. I didn't measure anything, I eyeballed it all and it came out perfect. So I'm going to share what I made here, and give you my approximate measurements and, if you decide to recreate this recipe, I encourage you to adjust and change the ingredients to your taste.
I browned 1 lb of hamburger then added about 1/4 cup celery, 1/4 cup onion, 1/2 cup bell pepper, 1 tsp crushed garlic clove, and 1/2 tsp crushed coriander seeds. Once the celery, onions and bell pepper were softened I added about 1/2 tbsp mendudo spice mix, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/4 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa, 1 tsp sugar, 2 tsp kosher salt, 1 tsp chicken bullion, 1 can tomato sauce, 1 can pinto beans, drained, 1 diced tomato, 3 slices of cooked and crumbled bacon, 3/4 cup dark beer, 1 chipotle pepper, 1 diced pickled serrano pepper(my own homemade pickled serrano) and 1 tsp cinnamon. I hope, and don't think I'm forgetting anything here.
I let this simmer down until it got fairly thick. I wanted it to be slightly soupy. I had in the mean time cooked up some jasmine rice which I served my chili over. I diced up some white onion to throw on top and grated some Loleta Smokey Cheddar Cheese on top. It came out fantastic! I think next time the only thing I'd do different is to add some Tobasco, or Tapatio to the chili while it's cooking and maybe double the chipotle. I didn't this time around because I know the menudo spice can be pretty hot, but it mellowed out quite a bit and the chili wasn't as hot as I expected. It had a nice warmth to it, that even my kids could have handled and enjoyed. Rely quite nice, but I kind of like my chili to make me sweat a little, so next time I'll be kicking it up a notch. Oh and maybe adding another 1/2 tsp of unsweetened cocoa.
If you like chili, I hope you give this a try - It was a very fragrant and delicious dish.