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Sunday, February 04, 2007


Super Bowl Sunday deserves a great meal..... a great meal with meat.

I made Chili. The Legal Diva supervised.

I used ground beef, and cubed beef.

I began by seasoning the cubed beef. I took a large freezer bag and put in a mixture of about 12 spices, including, but not limited to; black pepper, chili powder, Jane's Crazy Mixed Up Salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, and jamaican curry powder. The Legal Diva suggested the addition of some powdered meat tenderizer. I put the beef in, sealed it, and shook the shit out of it.

In a large saucepan I fried up some sliced bacon. When it had cooked through, I removed the bacon (which The Legal Diva and I ate), added some olive oil to the bacon grease, and, at the Legal Diva's suggestion, seared the cubed beef on all sides. After, I pulled the cubes out and set them aside.

I then sauteed up: onion, garlic, poblano pepper, cubanel pepper, green bell pepper, and roasted red pepper. There was butter involved, again in conjunction with the olive oil.

When the veggies had cooked through, I put most of it aside with the cubed beef while I browned the ground beef in the pan with a small amount of the sauteed veggies. I drained the fat as I went along - not all, but most.

Back in went the cubed beef and veg, to which I added a 28oz can of crushed tomatoes, a 8oz can of Goya sala picante, a 120z can of stewed tomatoes, two roasted plum tomatoes, a can of Goya red beans, and a can of Goya dominican red beans.

I let that cook a good while, at least two and a half hours, stirring frequently.

At that point we made chili dogs. We boiled the hot dogs in beef broth, to which I added two more roasted plum tomatos. After, I combined with the chili, along with a half cup of red wine, a splash of red wine vinegar, a splash of worchestershire, a dab of low sodium soy sauce, and a smidge of nuoc mam (fish sauce).

We will eat the chili with grated cheddar, fresh bread, chips and beer while we cheer on the Bears.

I was down until the beans entered the mix....
Beans in chili ??? hmmmm...
That's what keeps it from being bolognese.....
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