Barack Obama’s chili (in a crockpot)
I got a hankering for chili last night. (All my TWD readers will get why. HAHA)
Now I know that a hankering for chili doesn’t seem that out of the ordinary esp since it’s still kinda chilly (no pun intended) here in CA. (How’s the weather everywhere else?) I don’t know about you but craving something warm makes sense on chilly+windy days right? But… I don’t like beans. Whaaaaat? I know. I am just not a bean person. I always get my tacos, burritos, tostadas, nachos etc sans frijoles. It really makes my husband sad b/c I never make chili for the bean reason. Whereas he’s a bean man. He likes beans. Pinto beans, kidney beans, black beans… He tells me about his mom’s chili all the time. I think its a subtle hint, no?
So you can imagine when I asked him yesterday morning if he wanted chili for dinner, his eyes got big and he gave me an exuberant YES! right before he touched my forehead to make sure I wasn’t sick. When no fever was felt he promptly asked me “Who are you and what have you done to Clara?”
To calm his stepford wives fears, I just explained my backup plan. Mickey Ds. Two big macs for $3.50. And french fries. Can’t forget the chemically enhanced french fries.
PS. I posted the crockpot chili recipe below but if you want the jalapeno corn muffin recipe and rating, you’ll have to wait until Tuesday. *wink*
Happy Sunday readers.
Hope your Sunday is as lazy as mine is planning to be…
Recipe adapted from A Year Of Crockpotting
1-14.5oz can kidney beans
1 lb lean ground meat (I used ground beef)
1 green bell pepper, chopped (I used a red bell pepper)
1 large onion, chopped (I used 1/2 large onion)
5-6 medium tomatoes, chopped
4 chopped cloves of garlic (I used 5 cloves!)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp turmeric (I substituted with ground mustard)
1-2 tsp chili powder (I used 1-1/2 tsp chili powder)
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
Chop up the tomatoes, garlic, onion, and bell pepper. Add to the crockpot. Open the can of beans, and pour in the whole thing. Brown meat on stove. Drain fat before adding to crockpot. Stir in all of the spices and the red wine vinegar.
[NOTES: Browning meat is optional. You can add to the crockpot without browning if you want. To soak up the fat I usually use a paper towel and discard towel but I’ve also sucked it up with a turkey baster too. Ghetto? But it works! HAHA]
Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours.
[NOTES: I cooked on high for 4 hours.]
* Barack Obama serves his chili over white or brown rice. I was going to but I forgot. Oh well. Next time.
Husband rating: A+
He said it was better than his mom’s chili. Oh damn. You know if any hubs says that, the recipe’s a keeper!
Wifey rating: A/A-
I don’t like beans and this recipe didn’t really change my mind but I have to admit that the spices were awesome. I just picked around the beans. HAHA
Other rating: A+
My little brother came over for dinner and he ate 4 bowls! Guess I won’t have any leftovers huh? I don’t think he even chewed. Just swallowed each spoonful whole and was on his way to the crockpot to get his 2nd bowl before I even started eating my first one.