Slowly, but surely, I began to adapt this recipe to suit my taste buds. This chili has now become a Super Bowl Sunday tradition, and my men always look forward to it.
|2||Tbsp. chili powder|
|2||Tbsp. garlic powder|
|2||Tbsp. ground cumin|
I love a hearty bowl of chili. . Here's the low-down on what I consider to be the perfect bowl of chili.
Can you use canned pinto beans? Sure. I find dried beans less expensive, and no hassle to prepare.
Turkey Chili. (There are some tips in how to make low-fat turkey work in chili). Just be forewarned, that I believe a true Chili con Carne has to be made with beef. That's just the way it is, and as long as you drain the fat, and use an 80% lean ground beef, we're in pretty good shape. (I did mention that I've been making this recipe for a very long time, and love it just this way. If you want to change it, please let me know how it turned out. K?) Brown the beef, and drain, the fat. Set aside.
There's no Gospel measurement on how much of the Mexican seasoning to use. I start with 2 heaping Tablespoons. You can always add more later, but if you add to much... you can't take it back! We'll want to "bloom" the spices with the onion and garlic, over medium-low heat.
Turn up the heat to medium, and add two tablespoons of tomato paste. Begin cooking the tomato paste and combing it with the vegetables. Let's build the "Con Carne" sauce.
here (and it's super easy). Otherwise, buy a salsa that you love. Your options are, mild, medium or hot. This salsa is about a "medium" heat, because it has jalapenos in it. Add a generous cup to a cup and a half. This is all about your taste buds. Add the cooked pinto beans into the "con carne". Give it a nice stir, to combine.
Okay, Slow Cooker Fans-- this is where you can finish off this chili in a slow cooker. This is exactly how I prepare this on Super Bowl Sunday. Set the slow cooker on "low" for 4 hours. This will let all those spices, the sauce and beans to work their magic.
Otherwise, let the chili simmer on very low on a stovetop. Taste and adjust your seasonings as you go along.
Add the cornmeal mixture and stir to combine. The chili will thicken right up!
A printable recipe card is at the end of this post.
I'm looking forward to the kick off, so I can dig in to a heart bowl of chili. Of course, I'm making plenty of guacamole. What would Super Bowl be without "guac"? (A recipe card is also at the end of the post.)