I have been dreaming about fall foods, colors, sights and smells for about a month now.
I'm so glad the weather finally cooperated. Rain, rain, rain!
It sent me into a chili kick. Chili is very close to my heart. It is the first thing I feel like I really learned how to cook. I mean, I knew how to do some things with eggs and boil pasta and pour some jar stuff on it, but chili was different. I researched recipes, found a few I liked, and settled in to read them all. I started to notice a pattern. This was the first time I had noticed such a pattern in a recipe and I think it was because I had three of them staring at me on the kitchen table.
Also, I'm a bit competitive sometimes and my family does this chili cook-off thing every fourth of July and I was determined to have an edible entry. I think the competitive side of me and the side that loves a good pattern collided and bam! Chili! It made sense to me and it's been a go to in my cooking arsenal for the past eight years.
So, here's my step by step pattern fantastic way of making chili.
I made two types of chili, don't get too confused seeing my two pots and two meats and all that. Just focus on the patterns and then add/delete/adjust as you please! That's what's so amazing about it, you can make it your own. Here's my version:
Chili: Step By Step
When the meat is brown, add the canned goodness and mix it up.
Now, open the can of chipotles and grab a couple out with a fork. They look like big, gooey raisins, don't they? Chop up one chipotle per batch of chili and toss it in.
As a note, don't see the delicious looking chipotle sauce on your palm and lick it off. You might regret this. It's a tad bit spicy. Don't do this over and over as you cook the chili, because that would just be silly.
Here is my secret, shhh, ingredient. Cocoa powder! I really love this addition. I think it really adds that kick that will make people wonder what in the heck you did with your chili. Again though, if that seems like too much- you can leave it out.
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1-2 pounds of ground meat of your choice
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 large can of diced tomatoes
1 14 oz can of tomato sauce
2 cans of beans of your choice
1 chiptole in adobo, chopped, plus a spoonful of adobo sauce
1 heaping tablespoon of cocoa powder
topppings of your choice
Start by heating oil up in a large pot. Cook up the onions and garlic on medium heat, until they are tender. Then throw in the meat and turn up the heat. After it has browned a bit, add the spices and continue cooking.
After the meat is browned, add the canned goods and stir it up. Bring it to a boil and add the chipotle pepper, sauce and the cocoa powder. Simmer for at least 30 minutes and serve with whatever your heart desires!