Its Super Bowl time again. Time to try and figure out what Im going to serve to people who are thrilled that the game is in Indianapolis, but less than enthusiastic that their team didnt make it again this year.
Im traveling a lot this year so my regular recipes that take time to make arent going to cut it.
I decided that a big pot of chili with all the fixings and a bunch of store-bought snacks will round out the menu nicely.
However, now I have the difficult task of deciding whether this will be a bean or no-bean kind of chili menu.
Chili enthusiasts take their love of the dish to the extreme with recipe contests, cook-offs and grudge match cooking meets of the beans/no beans winner-take-all (all of what Im not quite sure but they do take this seriously).
The perfect recipe is still being debated by cooks from Texas to New York and beyond. You will find my modest contributions to the list of recipes below.
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
4 tablespoons chopped garlic
2 19-ounce cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 19-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 stalks chopped celery
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 envelope taco seasoning or 1/4 cup taco seasoning
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
3 cups vegetable broth
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
Heat oil in saucepan. Cook the onions and garlic until they are soft and translucent. Add beans, celery, red bell pepper, taco seasoning, basil, oregano and thyme. Mix to combine. Add the tomato sauce, vegetable broth and tomato paste. Mix to combine and cook covered for at least 1 1/2 hours. Stir every 15 minutes to prevent sticking. Season with salt and pepper.
Terrific Crock Pot Turkey Chili
2 pounds ground turkey
1 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1 cup green peppers, diced
1 cup chicken broth
2 teaspoons dried cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 15-ounce to 16-ounce cans of kidney beans (not drained)
1 can refried beans or 2 cooked and mashed potatoes
In a large skillet, brown ground turkey and drain. Add all ingredients to crock pot except the can of refried beans. Cover and cook on low 2 hours. Add refried beans to chili for thickening. Cover and cook on low for an additional 2 hours.
No Bean Chili
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef, cooked and drained
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 red onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Optional toppings: Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and sliced green onions
Place all the ingredients into a crockpot. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or until heated through.