**Update July 2013…this post is badly in need of some new photos and it’s on my to do list! Bear with me if you’re reading it before then**
All kind of different ingredients right?
You think about Cornmeal,
and grits, cornbread and chips come to mind.
chocolate bars, cake, milk chocolate. All yum.
Chili powder is a little skinnier of a topic.
You think of Chili, right?
Well what if you added cocoa, cornmeal, and chili powder into your chili?
Did you know you’ll have the gawsh darned best chili ever?
So all those beans you cooked from dried? Here is what to do with them!
Start by browning your meat, onion (Use a white onion, I just can’t. Darn Cowboy.), and garlic in a heavy bottomed pot with oil.
You’re going to toss in a bunch of things here. Crushed tomatoes, whole tomatoes, black beans, kidney beans, corn, salt, pepper, cornmeal, sugar, cocoa and chili powder.
I have a reason for each of the ingredients….
Crushed tomatoes: smoother chili
Whole tomatoes: nice chunks
Black Beans and Corn: I love this combo!
Kidney Beans: Classic bean for Chili
You can’t be without Salt and Pepper! Also, because I use home canned tomatoes, and dried beans, it’s very important to salt this baby.
Sugar: Counteract the acidity of tomatoes
Cornmeal: This makes the depth of the corn seem to go beyond the burst of sweetness in each kernal
Cocoa: This adds an amazing depth to the chili. Not only in flavour, but in colour as well!
Chili powder: You just can’t be without this in Chili!!
Cook all these ingredients together for a long time, I mean hooours and hooours. Stir it frequently, and keeping it bubbling on a low temperature. About half an hour before the end, throw in the mushrooms.
It’s so thick. So simple too in it’s flavours as well.
And absolutely yummy to eat
1 1/2 lb ground meat
1/2 c onion
6 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp oil
4 c crushed tomatoes
3 c whole tomatoes
1 3/4 c black beans (I think this is a medium sized can of beans)
1 3/4 c kidney beans
1/2 c corn
Salt- atleast 1 tbsp or so if using home canned things
Pepper to taste
2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tbsp cornmeal
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa
2 1/2 tbsp chili powder
1/4 c mushrooms
Brown meat, onion and garlic in a large heavy bottomed pot with oil. Add all but mushrooms. Cook for hours and hours until thick and rich. Add mushrooms and cook 1/2 hour longer. Serve up!