Chili and Corn Chips

Not quite Frito Pie, but close.

So the sweetheart’s grandparents were in town.  They’re sweet and a lot of fun, but it meant sitting at a table watching people eat things that I like.  Without my blender.

I was very excited to be back in my kitchen and making a hearty meal with flavors other than vanilla or chocolate!   They say that protein is one of the big things that us broken-jawers need so I thought beans and meat ought to do the trick.

Normally, I’d cook the beans, but after the hike in the redwoods with the grandparents it was going to be late before supper was ready, so cans it was.

  • 1 large can kidney beans
  • 1 small can black beans
  • 1 small can white beans
  • 2 slices of bacon
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground turkey (dark meat)
  • cumin
  • coriander
  • ground chipotle
  • smoked salt
  • oregano
  • a pint of strong coffee
  • a bottle of amber ale
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate
  • a few tablespoons of blackstrap molasses
  • a couple of chopped hot peppers (I used fresno and jalapeño)
  • a big onion, diced
  • a few drops of fish sauce
  • carrots
  • corn
  • cheese
  • corn chips
  • sour cream
  • green onions

Cook the bacon until crisp in the bottom of the pot.  Put aside for later.  Keep bacon fat in the pot.   Add salt and then add the ground meat and brown it.   Once browned add the onion, hot peppers, cumin, coriander,and chipotle. (Keep your head out of the pot at this point)  Once your onions are clear go ahead and add the beer, coffee, chocolate, molasses, and kidney beans.  Let this simmer for about an hour if you’re patient enough.  Chop your carrots into disks and cut the corn off the cob.   Add them to the pot with the remaining beans, fish sauce, and oregano.   Cook until carrots are tender.

Your chili won’t taste like beer or coffee or chocolate or fish sauce.  I swear.  It will taste like amazing delicious savory wonder.

Now cut a healthy chunk of cheese and drop it into the blender, add a scoop of sour cream, and as many corn chips as you want.   Top with chili and add your preferred dilutant.  I used some of the chicken stock that was on the stove at the same time.

 

Bonus broken jaw tip:   Pre-packaged chocolate milk is a good thing to have with you at all times.

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