It’s game day, America!It’s time to get your tailgate on, no matter where you’re from. Whether your home team made it to the Super Bowl (Go Pats!) or not, I suspect most of America will be watching the game today. But for many what’s even more important than the game itself, is the food that goes along with it.
Today we’re making chili. It's such a perfect food to pair with a football game, wouldn’t you agree? I’m not much for writing (or following) recipes; I tend to make it up as I go but here’s a rough “recipe” (with pictures) for our game day go-to meal. Feel free to follow these instructions or just do what I do and make it your own
Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Over medium heat, saute onions and
garlic until translucent. Next, add the ground beef and brown over medium to med-high heat. Drain. While the meat is cooking, add both cans of beans to slow cooker and set on low.
|Kidney and black beans in the slow cooker|
When the meat is cooked through, add the tomatoes, tomato paste and spices*. Simmer for about 10 minutes to incorporate and cook off some of the juices from the tomatoes.
*Honestly, I just wing it with the spices. I tend to make my chili more mild to accommodate all tastes. Remember, you can always make it spicier, but you can never take the spices out.
|Set it and forget it|
1 lb ground beef1 can kidney beans, drained and liquid reserved1 can black beans, drained and liquid reserved1 can diced tomatoes1 can tomato paste1/4 onion, diced2 cloves garlic, mincedchili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin
Make it your ownDo you like your chili extra spicy? Add jalapenos. Not into red meat? Make it with ground turkey instead. Sometimes I'll add 1 cup of frozen corn kernels 30 minutes before serving. There's endless potential for add-ins.
I serve my chili with sour cream, shredded cheddar, Cholula and corn bread on the side. Enjoy!
.. Laura ..