WALT'S INSOLENT CHILI
This recipe makes a large crockpot of chili. It reflects my tastes
in a good, hot chili, but it is easy to modify to your own taste.
All measures are approximate, and can be varied readily.
|Stew beef--don't use good beef ||2 lbs|
|Pork cutlets||2 lbs
|Chili powder||2 oz. or more
|Peeled Italian tomatoes|
(Look for can with NO additives.)
|One 32 oz. can.
|Onions, Spanish or Vidalia ||2 large
|Hungarian Paprika||1 tablespoon
|Cayenne pepper ||2 tablespoons
|Dried red chili peppers
(use habañero chili peppers, if
|5 or 6 to taste
|Red kidney beans (canned or dried) ||2 cans or equivalent
|Masa flour||2 tbsp
sharp cheddar cheese||16 oz.
|Cut up the beef, pork and onions, and braise them
together in a frying pan over a hot flame. It will take several pansful, but
keep the mix of all three ingredients with each pan. Add to the crock pot.
Drain excess juice from the
tomatoes and add to crock pot. Press or mince the garlic and add. Add chili
powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Wearing rubber gloves (important, if
you're using habañero chilis), break up the peppers into the crock
pot. Do NOT remove the seeds,
but remove stems, if present. Start to soak the beans if you are using dried
beans. Stir the crockpot thoroughly, and let sit for NOT LESS than 14 hours on
low heat. Stir periodically, but it's all right to sleep all night without
stirring. At the 12 hour point, simmer the beans until tender (if you started with dried
beans), drain them, and stir them in. The last thing to stir in is the masa
Serve, topped with shredded Vermont cheddar to taste.
- Quick gobble chili. For a quicker chili, don't switch to hamburg!
Use ground turkey. Brown the turkey with the onion in a frying pan, put it in
the slow cooker, and follow the steps above. It will develop a full, balanced
flavor in about 4 hours of slow cooking. It's kinder on the calories and
- Corn-Fed Chili. Put a package or two of frozen corn into the slow
cooker in the last couple of hours. It's delicious!
Three Bean Chili. Instead of meat, start with at least three of the following dried beans: pinto, red kidney, red, black. When you initially soak them, add some chili powder, garlic, onion, and cayenne pepper to begin the flavoring.. Keep them overnight in a slow cooker. Test them after 8 hours to see if they are softened, but chewy. If ready, pour off the water and add the rest of the ingredients. Slow cook for at least four hours for thorough blending.