Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Z's Accidental Kitchen

Lunch yesterday with accidental choices.

Decided to change my "stand by" chili recipe.
Started by adding green pepper, I never did before.
Halfway through I remembered another stand by in freezer.
Menage A Trois from Trader Joe's.
So picked out red and yellow peppers and used those also.

Kept spices the same.
I only use Gebhardts.
This will not taste the same with something else.

Whoops no tomato paste!
A quick google and a can of diced tomatoes.
Pull out my favorite Todd English gizmo and puree.

Then begin to boil down.
In my favorite Todd English green pan.

Till it gets like...well, a paste.

After browning some
 ground round this time 2 1/2 #, recipe calls for 3,
 remove from Mom's chili pot, and drain well.

Yep, this was her chili pot,
now easily over 50 years old.
Add some EVVO and add garlic, peppers
 and onions and saute till soft.

Then add the seasonings till all veggies are covered.

Add in the paste, canned or home made.

Add in 4 cups beef broth (says recipe)
 or my choice three cans.

Bring to boil and and then simmer 
partially covered for 1 1/2 hours.
Add beans 30 minutes before serving.

This time I added 1 can of black beans, 1 can of kidney.

Topped it off with some grated sharp white cheddar 
and a wee bit of leftover Tres Pinos.
Very wee bit, but it was lunchtime after all.

The recipe:
Here is the Original from my longtime friend Bernie.
We shared this every Halloween 
at her house for over a decade.
I still make it then,
and when I need comfort from the cold like yesterday, 
and today as well. Makes a nice big pot.

3 # hamburger
6 TB veg oil (I use far less EVVO)
2 C chopped onion
2 TBS chopped Garlic
1 TB Chili Powder
1 tsp grnd oregano
1 tsp grnd cumin
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 can tomato paste
4 C Beef Stock/Broth
1 tsp salt
Black Pepper
1 1/2 C kidney Beans ( drained)

So I changed it up and I like my new version better. 
For me it's a keeper, with maybe even 
more red/yellow peppers next time,
and maybe only black beans.
Accidental success.

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yesterday's post,
so please join us and show us.
You just may help someone else 
get started.
I hope to have my first group up tomorrow.
See you then.


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