Day Ten – Slacker’s Delight: My Chili con Carne Recipe

10 01 2010

So, I’ve made it to ten posts.

Time to celebrate with a good meal. This is the recipe to a chili I’ve been perfecting for a couple of years now. These measurements aren’t exact. They’re all to taste.

Let’s start with ingredients:

  • 1 green or red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 bottle of Frank’s Red Hot
  • 1 jar of tomato sauce
  • 1 large can of kidney beans
  • 1 small can of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 package (2lb) of ground beef
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Chili powder
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

The reason I call it a “slacker’s delight” is because the chili is very low maintainance. Once everything is thrown into the pot, it’s pretty much done.

All you need are three items.

  • A pot
  • A wooden spoon for stirring
  • A tablespoon for tasting

Here’s how you do it.

  1. Chop your onion and garlic on a cutting board. It’s easier if you have one you can pick up and slide everything into the pot.
  2. With a little oil at the bottom of the pot, cook the onions and garlic until they’re see-through.
  3. Throw in the ground beef. Cook it until it’s brown. You can drain the meat when it’s done, but I usually just tip the pot. It’s not as thorough as a strainer, but it does the job.
  4. While that’s cooking, chop up your pepper.
  5. Throw it in too. Let it cook for a little bit.
  6. Open the cans of kidney beans and mushrooms while stirring the peppers.
  7. Throw ’em in.
  8. Let that cook for long enough to open the jar of sauce. Dump any oil that may have collected at the top. If there’s a basil leaf in your jar, pull that out.
  9. Throw the sauce in the pot as well.
  10. Stir that for a little bit.
  11. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper.
  12. Add the chili powder. I do it to taste. I guess start with about 2-3 tablespoons. Stir and add more until you can taste it.
  13. Add the Frank’s Red Hot. I usually start with about half a bottle, adding as I stir it in. This is why you’ll need a spoon, because you’ll need to taste it as you add more Frank’s.
  14. Let that cook on a medium heat for about an hour. Walk away. Watch some tv. Get up and stir every so often, but that’s it.
  15. When the sauce is cooked, throw it on the table and ladle it out into the bowls.
  16. Enjoy.

I’ve been working on this for a while. Adding and subtracting parts of it. Still working on it, but this is what works for me right now.

Happy cooking.