All posts tagged: chili

Turkey and Dried Black Bean Chili

Welcome goblins, settle down ghouls… it’s time for Turkey and Dried Black Bean Chili for Halloween.h/t my favorite Halloween album of all time Halloween Hootenanny. On Halloween night, I want a dinner that sticks to the ribs of my trick or treaters, a buffer from the high fructose corn syrup binge that is coming. I want beans, meat, and a little heat to cut through the sugar that’s on the way. And, I want a chili I can throw together during the afternoon, so I have time to answer the steady stream of witches and robots knocking on the door.And pass out some more high fructose corn syrup. Hey, it’s one day a year. This recipe isn’t a one pot affair – I use two pots, because I have to use dried beans. I don’t have anything against canned beans; I’ll use them in a pinch, but dried beans have so much more flavor, and they build their own thickened broth. The downside of dried beans is the science of bean cooking – they will …

Pressure Cooker Duck and White Bean Chili

My freezer is overflowing. I can’t help myself; when I see a deal on meat at the grocery store, I buy it. Enough is enough. No more meat purchases until I clear everything out of the freezer. I have a pound of ground duck left from my trip to Maple Leaf Farms, and a bag of white beans in the pantry. Cassoulet pops into my head – the classic French bean stew with duck confit and sausages. I may have started started out with cassoulet, but by the time I was done, the pot was more Southwestern than French. It seems like all one pot meals turn to chili in my kitchen. Was I disappointed? No! Rich duck meat, creamy white beans, and a hint of spicy heat? It’s almost like I meant to make that in the first place. Shhh. Like Julia Child said, no matter what happens in the kitchen, never apologize. Recipe: Pressure Cooker Duck and White Bean Chili Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 60 minutes Equipment Pressure Cooker (I use …

Pressure Cooker Pork Chili with Beans

Pork Chili with Beans For a Crowd

This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board as part of the Tailgating with Pork and Kroger Program. Score big at your next tailgate party with Kroger – from tailgating to backyard BBQs, game day gatherings with friends and family can be simply delicious with juicy, tender and versatile pork – the MVP of championship-worthy spreads this fall season. (And, if you’re looking to make this recipe, a little birdie told me Kroger will have a special on pork shoulder and blade roasts the week of October 6th…) Don’t forget the giveaways, too: you have until Sunday to enter my Tailgating Party Kit giveaway, and the Tailgating with Pork and Kroger Pinterest contest has two more Kroger gift certificates to award. Chili is my favorite thing to serve for the big game. I can finish it ahead of time, leave it simmering on the stove, and everyone can serve themselves and LEAVE ME ALONE I’M WATCHING THE GAME!Ahem. Sorry. As I was saying, chili is the perfect meal for entertaining a crowd. It gets better …

Slow Cooker Texas Red Chili

Super Bowl week…time for Chili! No, I’m not from Texas. Please don’t tell my anyone. This simple bowl of Texas Red is why everyone in Ohio thinks I can really cook.Here in Ohio, chili without beans is still exotic. I’ve shared this recipe before, in a stove-top version. But, nowadays, I cook it in the slow cooker. Chili is my go-to pot luck dish, and I use the slow cooker at the pot luck to keep the chili warm. Why get a pot dirty when I’m going to use the slow cooker anyhow? There is one big change from my other recipe. The Second Batch Of Spices.Yes, all caps. You’ll see why. I learned how to make Texas chili by cooking the International Chili Society’s winning recipes (between 1989 and 1993). A lot of them use a second batch of spices, adding a fresh hit of chili powder right before serving. As time went on, I started making my own version of Texas Chili. I made the classic mistake – that something worth doing is …

Slow Cooker Chili with Ground Beef and Beans

What do I make on a weeknight, when I need a quick, warming meal? Ground beef and bean chili. Sure, purists call this chili for sissies. As far as they’re concerned, if there are beans and tomatoes in it, I might as well be wearing a dress when I make it. You know what? I don’t care. Sissy or not, this is the chili I grew up with, the first one I learned to make on my own. Sure, it’s not a bowl of Texas red. It doesn’t have to be; it’s a great style of chili all on its own. *Sorry for the mental picture of me in a dress. I hope you’re not scarred for life… This is the chili that converted my kids. They flinch when served a meal with everything mixed together. The kids want to be able to identify all the ingredients, preferably separated by at least an inch on their plates, so they don’t have any of the yucky stuff touching the good stuff. One pot meals are not …

Frito Pie with Buffalo Chili

It’s time for my Super Bowl chili recipe. This year I’m serving a Texas standard: Frito pie. Frito pie is traditionally made by ripping open a bag of Fritos, topping them with chili, and covering with Velveeta. It is against everything I believe as a locavore…but if Frito pie is wrong, I don’t want to be right. The crunchy chips, gooey cheese, and beefy chili make for a killer combination.And by killer, I’m talking both amazing taste, and cardiac arrest. Don’t make this a regular in your meal plan, OK? Serve it with some vegetables at least. And would it kill you to tuck in your shirt and stand up straight? Um…ahem…sorry, got stuck in Nagging Dad mode there. Robb Walsh’s fancy Frito Pie with Venison Chili was my target – it is clearly Frito pie, but it has enough real ingredients in it to get over my “eat local” objections. Instead of venison, though, I used buffalo. When I was in my fanatic weight loss mode, I would always substitute buffalo for beef. Buffalo is …

White Chicken Chili the easy way

This is my quick, weeknight recipe for white chicken chili.  I make it when we need dinner in a hurry, and/or we’ve got some leftover chicken that I want to use up.  It’s a lot less finicky than the full fledged version, and takes advantage of store bought ingredients like canned beans and canned green chiles.  It’s also a lot less spicy, since my kids won’t touch anything that might be a little hot.* *Because of this, I now own a wide range of hot sauces, so I can bump the heat up at the table. Recipe: White Chicken Chili the easy way Ingredients: 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 large onion, diced 1 lb ground turkey or chicken (or leftover chicken, shredded) 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp oregano (preferably mexican oregano) 3 – 4oz cans diced green chiles 4 cans great northern beans, drained 1.5 cups homemade chicken stock or water or (ugh) a 15oz can low sodium chicken broth (just don’t tell me) 1 tbsp brown …

White Chicken Chili done right

This is the most unique chili recipe I cook on a regular basis. White chili generally means that the chili doesn’t have any chili powder or tomatoes in it. Now “white” may translate into “bland” for you, but this chili is anything but bland.**I made the mistake of using more peppers than I have in the recipe below for my parents’ super bowl party. Bland…no. Hellfire…yes. Everyone would say how good it tasted, then stop talking, then start gasping for oxygen. So, I cut back on the heat. Recipe: White Chicken Chili done rightIngredientsBeans 1 lb great northern beans, sorted and rinsed 8 cups water 1 large onion, peeled and quartered 1 tbsp lard (or 2 pieces bacon) (optional) 2 tsp kosher salt Chicken 3-4 lbs bone in chicken pieces (Thighs and/or breasts) salt and pepper Chili 2 tbsp reserved chicken fat (or vegetable oil) 1 large onion, diced 2 jalapenos, diced (or other hot pepper) 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp oregano (preferably mexican oregano) 3 …

Proud to be American – Obama family Chili

Tuesday night I was reminded of what makes our country so great*. As our president elect said in his election speech: “Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.” We just made one of our nation’s key mythologies true – that you can tell any child in America “If you work hard, you could grow up to be president!” I’m cynical enough that in the back of my mind, when I’ve told that to my own kids, I’ve always had the rest of the thought be “…as long as you’re white, rich, and male.” Now, I believe it – and more than believe it, it’s actually happened. I can say without hesitation, that any American child really CAN grow up to be president, with hard work, dedication, and some luck. *When I went on my trip to France earlier in the year, …

Slow-Cooker Weeknight Turkey Chili

Sorry for the lack of pictures; I’m leaving for a business trip later today. Unfortunately, that means I’m going to miss trick or treating tonight with the kids.**This will be the first time since Ben was 2, and we didn’t realize that Copley does their trick or treating the Sunday before Halloween – even if Halloween falls on the next Saturday. We were at my parents for dinner that night, so we didn’t see the trick or treaters. We were ready on Halloween, with our candy, and were wondering where everyone was? Luckily, Ben was young enough not to know the difference. We put his costume on, took some pictures, gave him a chocolate bar, and he was happy. My mom would always make a big pot of chili on Halloween, and buy a pack of Halloween themed donuts*. I think this was her attempt to get us to eat some real food before our annual attempt to put ourselves into a diabetic coma. As a result, when the leaves start to fall, I get …