I know I'm not supposed to post today. I'm supposed to be joining in the Friday blogging boycott, the origins of which elude me and which I have decided to boycott. That is right: I am boycotting the boycott. Say what?
I've always been a maverick. A rogue, really. A rogue-ish maverick.
Enough of that.
I made this chili, and you wanna know who's recipe this is? It's MINE bitches!!
In truth, this recipe includes a combination of ingredients/techniques from a couple different recipes, plus a dash of madness from me.
There is nothing in this chili that you have never seen in chili before, so you're not gonna be like, No, she did not just put sweet tarts in the chili. It's just stuff I like in chili, made the way that makes chili taste good. You may not agree with some of it, and that's OK. But then you will not get to try my chili, and you will be sad.
It ain't chili if it ain't got garlic. Frankly, you could probably throw about four cloves in there, and it'd be just about perfect.
I'm going to tell you something else, and there's nothing you can do about this either: I didn't drain and rinse the beans! It's all part of what makes this chili magical.
Here's the recipe.
Erin's "You-Can-Make-It-Different-If-You-Want-To-Live-A-Sorry-Life" Chili
1.5 lb ground beef
3 celery stalked, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
anywhere from 2 to 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 28 ounce can stewed tomatoes
1 6 ounce can tomato paste
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup water
2 15 ounce cans kidney beans
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons cumin
3 tablespoons masa + 1/4 cup water
salt and pepper to taste. Especially salt!
1. Brown yer meat in a pot.
2. Stir in celery, bell pepper, onion, garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, water, beans, chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, and salt & pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 1 hour. Taste it. Do a dance. Add salt or pepper as needed. Mix masa and water in a separate bowl, then add to the chili and cook for another 15 minutes before serving.
You may enjoy your chili topped with grated cheddar, chopped green onions or sour cream. Serve with buttered and warmed corn tortillas. Or don't. It's your funeral.