Now that the colder months are upon us, most of us are going to be looking for hearty foods that warm us up, and there is one staple food across the USA that we can all get behind, Chili! Luckily, I have a great recipe for you, with just the right amount of kick.
First things first, the list:
1 pound of meat (turkey or beef)
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon of olive oil
14 oz tomato paste
1/4 cup red wine
2 cups cold water
2 tablespoons of butter (optional)
1 white onion, diced
2 sweet peppers (I mix it up with different colors), julienned or diced, your call
1/2 Teaspoon – Cayenne powder
1/2 Teaspoon – Crushed red pepper
1 Tablespoon – fresh oregano
1 Tablespoon – fresh basil
1/2 Tablespoon – fresh parsley
1 teaspoon – onion powder
1 Tablespoon – chili powder
1 teaspoon – paprika
2 cups of softened kidney beans or 2 cans
3 stalks of celery, diced
1/2 Jalapeno (keep seeds for a stronger bite)
Two carrots, julienned
Cheddar cheese, chives and sour cream for topping
Note: When I last made this, we were out of sour cream, but we did have some vegetable cream cheese. My wife tossed it on top and BAM, it was weirdly awesome!
Cook it up!
Grab a large sauce pot/pan and a frying pan. Put the large sauce pot on medium heat and add the oil. Add meat to the frying pan on low/medium heat with a little salt and pepper and cover. Go back to the large sauce pot when the oil starts to heat and toss in the garlic and onion and cook until fragrant. Add in your veggies (the Jalapeno, too) and stir to coat for a minute or so. Now add the beans, red wine and spices, and mix. When the meat is mostly cooked through, add to the large pot with the two cups of water and stir in the tomato paste. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes, salt and pepper to taste and serve with your favorite toppings.
I hope that you like this one! Comment and let me know.