Soup and winter go hand-in-hand. Soup and summer, though, do not mix. When you are hot all over, adding heat to the inside of your body just isn’t intelligent. It just doesn’t work.
Unless it’s chili. For some reason, chili is good all year round. Maybe it’s the spices, maybe it’s the beans and meat, maybe its the fact that you could easily make it from scratch over a fire, but chili just works all year round.
We are huge fans of the Dubuque Farmer’s Market and try to go every Saturday. At least once a summer I get most of the ingredients to make chili from the market (including ghost peppers because Nora and I are insane), start it when I get home, eat it for supper, and then have at least two more chili-themed meals that weekend. Chili soup again, chili dogs, chili on baked potatoes, chili mac are all valid options. We also freeze at least a couple of quarts of it for further eating.
I got it stuck in my head that I wanted chili and that I would get everything from the Farmer’s Market, forgetting that there isn’t really any peppers yet. Not the brightest bulb in the pack sometimes.
It was stuck in my head, which also meant it was stuck in Nora’s head, and even though we couldn’t get what we needed at the Market, we did go to the grocery story and get what we needed for some deliciousness.
At this point, you need to look in your fridge and figure out what beer you have and what gets sacrificed for the chili. Hopefully you won’t have the decide which “$3 a bottle” beer gets sacrificed. Should have bought beer at the grocery store…
And amazing here. Chili definitely benefits from sitting. I’ve had chili we pulled out of the freezer that tastes quite a bit better than the chili that was put in the freezer. It gets better with time.
And to all the southerns who are freaking out because a, chili doesn’t have meat or beans in it, and two, because I used Jiffy Mix, make me real stuff and I’ll eat it but this is delicious and tradition does not trump flavor. Period.
Chili con carne y frijoles
1 Can Tomato Juice
4 Jalopanos, sliced (can be replaced with Bell Peppers),
1 Onion, diced.
2 Bell Peppers, diced
3 Pounds Hamburger
2 Tablespoons Crushed Red Pepper (or to taste)
2 Tablespoons Cumin (or to taste)
1 Tablespoon Paprika
1 Beer (full flavor, not-skunky)
Brown hamburger. Combine all ingredients. Cook over low heat for many hours. Eat and enjoy.
I have to thank my mom for this. My chili recipe is an adaptation of her chili recipe – basically adapted to have some spice to it. So to mom, who made the crazy amount of delicious chili I now have possible!