In order to thoroughly enjoy the Ravens-Redskins game, I prepared a chili fit for the ages. I have made this several times before. It is a small labor of love (and usually involves my sous chef, Tiff, being very patient with me). I cannot take full responsibility for the recipe as it was originally received through a work cookbook. The real credit goes to Shannon K. who submitted the recipe, but as I cook, I tweak the amount of the ingredients to the whim of the day. I also have "halved" the recipe. In those cases, just pick your favorite types of beans and your favorite meats.
Here is the recipe (it is a doozy):
30 oz peeled tomatoes
60 oz dark red kidney beans
30 oz chili beans
30 oz pinto beans
15 oz great northern beans
1 lb hot patty sausage
2 lbs hot Italian sausage
1 lb kielbasa
1 lb chopped pork
1 lb chopped stew beef
1 lb ground beef
2 tbl chili powder
1 tbl rosemary
1 tbl thyme
1 tbl cayenne
1 tbl cumin
1 tbl oregano
1 tbl pepper
1/2 tbl dill
1/2 tbl sage
1/2 tbl celery salt
3 bay leaves
1 can (15 oz) whole kernel corn (drained)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Tabasco
1/3 cup Worchester sauce
1/3 cup molasses
20 oz hot salsa
6 oz cheap beer
relleno peppers to taste (I usually add 1)
jalapeno peppers to taste (I usually use 5 or 6)
4 cloves garlic
1 yellow onion
3 bell peppers (different colors for looks)
a little bit of love :-)
1) place large cooking pot on a low flame. pour the large can of peeled tomatoes and canned beans - including the liquid - into the pot.
2) brown meats in a warmed skillet.
3) while meat is browning, add dry seasonings to the large cooking pot, including bay leaves.
4) stir in all remaining ingredients (including beer), except for onion, relleno, and bell peppers.
5) DO NOT drain skillet before removing the meat. Instead, transfer meat via slotted spoon into the large cooking pot. clean skillet.
6) sauté chopped onion, relleno, and bell peppers in olive oil and crushed garlic in clean skillet. Add to chili.
7) test chili before adding jalapenos, then add them. DON'T FORGET TO ADD THE LOVE!!!
8) simmer chili to desired thickness
9) remove bay leaves before serving.
10) serve with large amounts of cold beer or iced tea and cornbread or French bread.
By the way, the Ravens handled the Redskins rather easily and I was able to win my weekly football pool. :-)