Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Guest Post! "Manly Chili"

"OK, well here goes nothing!
I have wanted to make chili for the longest time, and didn't want to make it in a crockpot (too lazy!) So my wife decided to get me a Lecruset Dutch Oven. One happened to come on sale on one of those deeply discount websites, so she ordered it up for me. A couple days later she decided to really read the description and said, 'hey this thing is only 2.5 qt! i think this is going to be midget' Me being the novice cook and not knowing the sizes of pot and pans, figured it would be fine. Until it showed up at our doorstep. and yup. it was midget alright. This put the trying to make my own chili on the back burner again.
On a random shopping trip, wifey found "the one" and scooped it up, and of course it made me very happy. it's my new bff.
I hope everyone enjoys my version of "Manly Chili" with no beans, because as wifey says 'It's not real chili if it has beans!' Remember a happy wife is a happy life, after all this is her blog and i'm just a guest....

Manly Chili

'The Spices'
3 tsp sugar
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp onion powder
4 tbsp cayenne pepper
5 tbsp chili powder
3 tbsp ground cumin
2 tsp basil leaves
2 tbsp red pepper flakes
ground pepper to taste

2 large cans of tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
1 green bell pepper (chopped)
3-4 cloves of garlic (diced)
1 medium onion (chopped)
2 lbs. ground beef
1 tbsp olive oil
brown sugar to taste
kosher salt to taste

-Mix all spices together and set aside
-Brown the beef
-while beef is going chop green pepper, garlic and onion
-once beef is done drain it and add back to the pot.
-add cans of tomato sauce and diced tomatoes to pot, on medium heat.
-Now let's get ready to saute the veggies. take the olive oil to the pan and heat up on medium heat. add veggies for about 2 minutes.
-when veggies are done add them to the pot.
-now add the spices to the pot.
-add a couple healthy pinches of brown sugar.
-Bring all of that shit to a boil. Taste and see if you need salt or more spice, add as you go. less is best, cause you can always add more if you need to (wifey taught me that one!)
-Once you've got it just right, reduce heat and let it simmer for as long as you can. it should be at least 3 hours. stirring and tasting occasionally.
-We usually eat in a bowl with cheddar cheese on top and tostitos scoops.

Well there you have it folks. Househusband in Training's first ever blog post!

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