"Gypsy gold does not chink and glitter. It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark."

~ Saying of the Gladdagh Gypsies of Galway

Monday, September 27, 2010

Chili & a Fire

Well, I sure didn't think we'd be doing this already, but today we had our first official fire in the fireplace for the season! And it smelled and felt wonderful with the chill we have in today's air. It's been a damp & deary kinda day so this was wonderful to come home to!

I was feeling a little adventurous today and decided to try and make chili for dinner. I was thinking I could handle it, smells and cutting the onions and all. And I was right, I did it! It felt so good to be back in my kitchen and cooking! I even decided to flip through a cook book on the counter while the chili was simmering and I did it without feeling nauseous!
I forgot to snap a pic of the chili, but here is a quick, decent chili recipe that isn't too spicy for those who can't handle the heat!
Fall Fireside Chili
  • 2 tbsp butter and some olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 cloves garlic (give or take depending on clove size)
  • 2 jalapenos (or whichever hot peppers you have on hand is fine)
  • 1# ground chuck
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp coriander
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 small (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce (2 if you want more kick!)
  • 6 oz beer (half bottle or can)
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 cans of beans - your choice! It's chili, have fun with it :)

Melt your butter and olive oil and saute your onions are garlic in them. Then add in your ground chuck - brown it.

Then add in all your spices and cook for 1 minute. Now add in your beer and let it deglaze the bottom of your pot. Make sure to scrape the bottom of your pot after you add in the beer to get all that goodness off and into your chili! Cook 2 mins med/high.

Now add in your tomato sauce & paste, your hot sauce & chix stock and your beans. (We do pinto and kidney beans over here in chili). Stir and let simmer until you are ready to enjoy. Serve with some nice, hot rolls/buns/bread or whatever you like to butter and dig in!


meemsnyc said...

That fireplace looks so nice and toasty! That chili sounds awesome! So many spices!

Unknown said...

I know, it sounds like a lot of spices, but it doesn't really taste like it. My husband and I would have taken another kick it in ;)

Samantha said...

The fire looks SO AMAZING and cozy! Thanks for sharing the chili recipe!

Recaptured Charm said...

I usually can't wait to have our first fire going. I just love with the cool, crisp air sets in. I'm feelin like making some chili now too! lol

Unknown said...

I love this weather too! And the smell of the fire going when I am out in the barn is the icing on the cake for me :)