Friday, December 17, 2010

Game Day Chili

It is mid December, the NFL postseason picture is taking shape, fantasy playoffs are in full swing and old man winter is freezing peoples faces off. This time of year football fans everywhere are looking for something that will fill their stomachs and thaw their frozen bones as they cheer on their teams. Chili meets these two requirements beautifully, filling stomachs with meat, beans and vegetables while providing enough spice to get noses running and brows sweating. Follow our easy game day chili recipe and you will be the savior of your next Sunday gathering. So put on your game face and dig out the biggest pot you got because this recipe makes enough to feed your whole viewing party, or provide a light snack for Albert Haynesworth.
2 lbs of ground meat: beef, turkey, chicken, bison etc. (If you want to make vegetarian, don't bother bringing it to a football game)
2 onions
2 bell peppers
       a couple of jalapeno or other hot peppers, optional to taste, I usually use 3 jalapenos diced and one whole
4-6 cloves garlic
1 32 oz can whole tomatoes
1 32 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
2 15 oz cans of red kidney beans
1 15 oz can pink beans
3 packets of chili seasoning
red pepper flakes
one can of beer
a couple tablespoons of olive oil

For serving:
tortilla chips
shredded cheddar or jack cheese


1. Dice the onions and peppers, mince the garlic

2. In the pot add olive oil, onions and peppers, saute over medium heat until the onions are soft and translucent, add the garlic for the last few minutes of cooking

3. While the onions are simmering, cook the meat in a separate pan and drain the juices

4. When the onions look done add the meat, canned tomato products (break up the whole tomatoes a bit), beans (including the juices), beer and some red pepper flakes

5. Raise the heat and bring the chili to a boil, reduce to low and let simmer for several hours. Initially the chili will be watery, it should thicken up enough to serve in 1-1.5 hours continue reducing to your desired consistency, adjust the spice level with red pepper flakes as the chili cooks

6. Serve sprinkled with shredded cheese and chips on the side

7. Be gracious when people tell you how awesome you and your chili are

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