Thursday, May 21, 2009

Chili Recipe - As Promised

  • 1 or 2 (depends on the day) cans of kidney or red beans. Cook's choice whether they're spiced. Combinations are OK.
  • 1 package of ground turkey
  • 1 or 2 small cans of mushrooms (salted or unsalted - depends on the day)
  • 1 onion (or not) - diced
  • 1 or 2 cans of tomato sauce
  • Oregano (fresh or ground/dried)
  • Garlic (minced or powder)
  • Chili powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Black pepper
  • Small TV and basic cable or satellite TV hookup in the kitchen

Brown turkey completely in large pot. Add beans, mushrooms, and onion. If you didn't buy an onion on the way home from work, then you're out of luck -- do without. Add tomato sauce until the consistency looks pretty close to what you wanted, but you'll want to be a bit runnier at first. Cook at a temperature that doesn't make the mixture bubble and pop all over the stove, yet still makes it hot. Add spices and stir until it smells like chili. If you want to throw in some other spices just for fun (cinnamon in very small doses is kind of cool, as is cilantro), go right ahead -- it's your chili. Cover and let simmer for a while. Stir occasionally. Watch the Cartoon Network or the SciFi Channel while stirring. Serve with crackers and cheese, or just crackers, or just cheese, or neither. Like I said, it's your chili. (Recommended Beverage: Killian’s Red or Canada Dry Diet Ginger Ale)


Guinea Pig said...

I'm going to add some sour cream cuz I like to make it way too hot then cool it back down. Cummin too. Can't live without that. And LOTS of cilantro. Oh and streaming Netflix is going to have to be substituted for the SciFi channel (cable should be outlawed.) But other wise your recipe is PERFECT!

Hmmm it has been years since I've had a Killian's Red. I think I'll have to grab a pack.

GDad said...

On Tuesday, I actually added about a half cup of fresh cilantro, which may be too much. We also put sour cream on the soup that night. Sour cream is a rarely-added but much-appreciated addition to the chili.

The Killian's is a thing of the past for me, but the ginger ale is still always present in our house.