Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Chili night

So I had this fabulous idea* last night about cooking a big vat of chili. Chili should only be cooked in vats - you'll need enough to enjoy for about a week.



I prefer the "stewy" kind of chili, as opposed to the "soupy," but whatever your preference, there is nothing like it to take the edge off the cold and cleanse the digestive system, if you know what I mean.

Spicy is best, I used a half bottle of chili powder and 10 shakes of my friend Donny's "burn your face off" home-grown ground habenero. (the use of this product requires pure balls.**) I use three meats, including diced strip steak, ground chuck and ground turkey. This chili is probably 35 to 40 percent meat. The rest is a combination of tomatoes/sauce, various beans, mushrooms, chilis, onions and a dash of a special ingredient I cannot tell you about. Okay, it's brown sugar... see, I can't keep secrets worth a shit.

Anyway, if you want the actual, exact recipe, e-mail me and I'll direct you to the blog of someone who knows what they're doing... I didn't use a recipe, just gut. Which, ironically, is the part of my body that will pay the ultimate price for this indulgence.

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*maybe it wasn't MY idea, but does that really matter?
** Lightning Bug's Butt used this term first... it made me laugh so I borrowed it.

13 comments:

gary said...

Ok...The pot of Chili "I" cooked was entirely MY IDEA. I, however, was unaware that I was s'posed to take a picture of it when I was finished. I tried to only make what I consider a "single batch", but being used to cooking for a crowd (football or baseball parties at the house), I used the right amount of ingrediants for the smaller dose, but somehow ended up using the same amount of peppers as I do for the larger batch. Needless to say...it kept the bed warm last night!!! I'll be adding some of your secret ingrediant and a little extra of mine secret cinnamon (did I say that out loud?) to tone it down a notch as it'll be around for the rest of the week.
If you wouldn't have moved so damn far away, we could trade leftovers and would have to eat the same damn thing every night. Eating my own cooking every night is getting boring.
Having grown up in Cincinnati, it's naturally taboo to eat chili without spagetti!!! Anyone concure???

Spinning Girl said...

Wow, your kitchen is really tidy. Do you hang your shirts in color-coded order too?

I think last night was chili night all over America.

Anonymous Shannon said...

That's really cool! Congratulations on making something from scratch! I don't make my chili from scratch. I use Wick Fowler's Chili Mix. It's good stuff.

The Other Half said...

i make mine from scratch...but beanless...eliminates some of the odor

Amandarama said...

I love chili! Yours looks good!

Is there anything better than that kind of comfort food as we head into winter? I say not!

Lee Ann said...

Ummmm...I can smell it! It smells wonderful. It looks good too.
I made chili last weekend.
You are right~ nothing like good hot homemade chili on a cold night.

Gyrobo said...

Probably tastes a lot better than that Burger King chili. That stuff is made of, like, shoes.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

All those ingredients are what make a chili perfecto. However, that is about two shakes too many of Habanero (from one who much prefers Pequin).

NWJR said...

I like mine w/out beans, but damn...that looks good.

circe said...

I am really hungry and looking at this pic just makes it worse..........

It looks delicious...

Spinning Girl said...

wow,you made chili again?!? You are on a roll, cowboy!!!

prodgodq said...

Dave:

There is nothing more frightening to hot-food-intolerant wussies like me than somee madman's homegrown peppers. I once belonged to a local bar softball team and our pitcher was a hot pepper fanatic who used to bring these little yellowish homegrown
monsters to parties and challenge everyone there who loved hot food to take a bite. And of course stupid, drunk me takes a bite.
I will never forget the blisters on my tongue.
You hot food lovers are fuckin' crazy.

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

Thanks for the shoutout. And what delicious-looking chili.