Thursday, January 14, 2010

Five Alarm Chili

Oh this is so good! It'll warm your innards and set your mouth ta jumpin'. You'll soon forget aaaall about that no good terrible bad day you just had cause you'll be busy putting out the far ! Now as you may or may not know, here in the desert come July, it takes only 2 fingers to drive your car and I have seen some of the birds using pot holders to pull worms out of the ground. And while I can say 113º with out batting an eye, it does get a bit cold here since there's not much for clouds to keep the heat on the ground, and so it's nice to have a nice piping hot bowl of chili to warm up or even cool down with dependin' on the time of year and your point of view. I've had a few comments about this recipe ranging from, A little too heavy on the tomato. Amusing kick. and Good side dish for fish or other mild foods. to Holy smokes, what is this stuff? You could remove dried paint from your driveway with it. oh!! and my all time favorite compliment was from a former college roommate outta Sayville, New York while we were pounding her on the back, My ears are ringing Lo... it sounds like rushing water, I can't see out of one eye..... I've decided to stop breathing, it's too painful, I'm not getting oxygen anyway. Well last night was a two blanket night I'll tell ya'll, it was cold enough to freeze the balls offa pool table and this here is what all ya'll need when you head off to the Piggly-Wiggly.

A pound or two, thereabouts of ground beef (or turkey if you're watching your weight and cholesterol, not to worry this is so flavorful, all all ya'll will never know). Swing round to the fresh produce section and grab up a garlic clove, a big yellar onion, 5 or 6 Roma 'maters (toe-mah-toes) some green bell pepper (or red if you like color with your fireworks) a couple of jalapeño peppers or if you're really venturesome try seranos. whaaaa hooo! Accidentally knock that pyramid of oranges over and exclaim, My stars and bars!!! and Why bless your heart! at least onced, if not twiced, peek over the tops of your sunglasses while you help that cute produce boy pick them up. (*winks* Who said just cause you're on a diet you can't look at the menu!) Get some cilantro too and head off to the spice aisle if you're plum outta chili powder and cayenne pepper. Now for the dairy section pick up some real sour cream and a big'ol hunk of sharp cheddary cheese, something like Colby and when your fixin'to go home grab some kidney beans.

Here ya go:

While the 'maters, garlic and jalapeños are busy roasting on a cookie sheet in the oven (reckon it 'round 15 minutes at 450 ºF till golden brown to lightly black). Brown the meat and onion in a pot, drain off the fat, toss in the beans, chili powder, bell pepper and the stuff out of the oven. While that simmers over a medium heat to thicken up a bit throw some cornbread in the warm oven and whip up a spicy topping outta:

Have a coldbeer while you set the table with condiments such as saltine crackers, corn tortilla chips, salsa and lots of sweet tea,or for a more Intercontinental Cuisine serve over rice or pasta; go next door and hire the neighbor to help you enjoy the show!

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