This is really more of a recipe post today.
Yesterday I had some friends over for my Belated Birthday Dinner. I like having get-togethers and dinners as you may know and so I thought that this was a wonderful excuse for another one. Everyone brought a dish and I decided to make my chili since the weather is wants to cool down and I have not made it in almost a year.
This is a chili recipe I found in college and have stuck with ever since, sometimes adding or taking away based on what I forgot to stock in the pantry but really I always stay 95% true. And it is always a hit. This time I left out the meat. I don’t eat meat often and while normally I make my chili with meat for everyone else, since it was MY birthday dinner, I decided I was cooking for me.
|All my ingredients|
So here is how I make
1 onion, chopped – I like to do a small chop
5 or more cloves garlic, minced – the recipe I originally found called for 10 cloves. I just have never wanted to take that risk and I used about 5 large cloves it was just perfectIf you want to add meat
(2 lbs ground beef and 2-3 lbs chuck steak, cut into small cubes, most of the fat removed)
2 (12 ounce) cans tomato paste
1 can beef broth
3 1/2 tablespoons Heinz chili sauce (about 1/2 of a regular-sized bottle)
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves
1 tablespoon ground cayenne
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 – 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon salt (or to taste)
1.5 teaspoons hickory flavor liquid smoke
|No one ever said it was the prettiest dish I made….|