Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mrs. Big City Eaters Chili Con Carne

Here is a re-posting of my wife's chili recipe as Super Bowl Sunday is coming up this week. Yay!! I haven't had much time do do any writing for the past month or two as I have been very busy setting up my wine importing business. I really miss writing and can't WAIT to get back into it, hopefully very soon. I will re-post a couple of other recipes which may also fit into the Super Bowl theme in the next couple of days. It's the least I can do. Thanks for reading. See you soon. :)



There are about 3 dishes which my wife makes: 1) Chili 2) A grilled cheese sandwich 3) Uuuhhhh.... there is a third, but I have to really think about that for a bit. Oh, ribs baked in BBQ sauce! I knew there was a third...

Anyhow, they're all good in their own right, but she makes a pretty good chili. My mom used to make a pretty good one too. Everyone could eat it as it wasn't too spicy and had good flavors and there were even some health benefits to it with the kidney beans and tomato sauce.

Mrs. Big City Eater makes this dish once or twice a year. It's one of the few times I let her loose in the kitchen as she really doesn't cook and could possibly burn the house down at any point in time . The time for her to make her chili usually happens in the dead of winter, but the cold seems to never want to end so maybe this will scare it away finally. When I tell you this winter has been ugly, I'm not lying. It also followed up a very not-so-nice summer and fall. It was cold almost the whole year and the snow never seemed to stop falling out of the sky this winter. I think it has finally quit, but of course now that I've said that it will snow about 4 feet tonight. Just watch. Speaking of cold weather, has anyone heard anything from Al Gore or any of his cronies lately?

Ingredients

- 4 lbs extra lean ground beef
- 2 439g cans of kidney beans
- 2 439g cans of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
- 1 790g can whole or diced tomatoes
- 1 small can tomato paste
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 2 red peppers, diced
- 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 15 white button mushrooms, halved and sliced thinly
- 1 Tbsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 85g chili powder
- EVOO
- sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
- 1/2 tsp dried chili pepper (optional)

Directions

1) Prepare all of your vegetables,


funghi,


and take the kidney beans and chickpeas out of the cans, rinse them off and put them all in a bowl until you need them.


2) Place a large soup pot on the stove over medium-high heat. Add a little EVOO and when the pot is hot enough, add the ground beef. Cook until no longer red, but not browned.
3) Pour beef into a large colander in the sink to strain the grease out. Make sure you have the hot water running off to the side of the colander while doing it. This makes the grease go down the drain without sticking to your pipes (an old plumbers trick).
4) Place the pot back on the stove and add the onion. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over it and stir. When translucent, add the peppers, garlic, cayenne, chili's and the cumin. Stir to incorporate everything together.
5) When the peppers start to look limp, add the mushrooms, kidney beans and chickpeas. Stir.
6) Take the pot over to the sink and spoon the beef back into the pot. Take the pot back over to the stove and add the tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir so everything comes together and starts to look like a tomato sauce. Bring to a slight boil, cover and turn the heat down to low and let simmer for 2 hours. Serve
Yield: Serves an army. We freeze a lot of it in plastic containers in individual portions or double for a quick meal.


I love a good bowl of chili and a piece of bread with butter on it to dip into the bowl. Sloppy Joe's are high on the list too, but it's safe for me to say I never eat those anymore, they're too filling. I could eat chili with almost anything except ice cream, like my step-brother Ken did many, many years ago on my dare. If you think of trying it, give your head a shake. Don't disrespect the chili!

She eased off of the spicy elements to this recipe because we wanted O to enjoy some of this as well. There is a little spice here, but it's gives the chili more flavor than heat. Feel free to add more spicy heat if you wish.

There are many health benefits to this dish. We use extra-lean ground beef, which has less fat obviously. If you want to lower the fat even more and add more vitamins and nutrients, use Buffalo meat. I think we will try this next time. It's a little more expensive, but worth it. Kidney beans are little bundles of goodness as they are full of vitamins and minerals, too many to list so check the link. They also help lower cholesterol and help prevent your blood sugar levels from spiking due to the high dietary fibre content and are an excellent source of protein. Red peppers are a huge source of vitamins C and A, and always try to eat organic ones if possible. Like I always say, anything red or brightly colored is a good thing to eat, and I don't mean hot dogs or Barney. Mushrooms are mostly water but add a little fibre, potassium, riboflavin, niacin and selenium to your meal. Eat them only when cooked though, as Dr. Andrew Weil suggests. He states your body cannot break them down unless they are cooked, as is the same with spinach. He's a pretty smart guy, so I'll listen his advice on this. We added the chickpeas

Little O's Menu

She has been eating the chili, meat and all, but in small doses. That's fine, as she is at least trying meat and other different types of protein. This is important for her health as protein is an important part of our body's building process, no matter how old you are. Also, we bought an olive loaf last week. This is a loaf of bread which is loaded with olives. She loves this! What a surprise, but a good one. She will eat one piece at least once a day. Olives are a great source of iron, vitamin E and fibre. The bread may be made of white flour, but the olives can't hurt. I've noticed that women who eat a lot of olives have beautiful skin, so hopefully she takes to eating them on their own as well. I also had her eat a whole kiwi this morning and she loved it. Kiwis are high in vitamin C and have a nice amount of fibre. They are considered a brain food and may help your child avoid any respiratory-related health issues. Researchers also say for us adults to eat them after a night out on the town to help avoid the effects of a hangover, you just have to get up off of the couch to do it.


Quote Of The Day:

"Wish I had time for just one more bowl of chili."

~ Kit Carson (1809-1868). American Frontiersman and Mountain Man. Supposedly, these were his dying last words.

The man loved his chili as much as I do.


Until next time, good eating everyone.

Mark

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