Thursday, November 5, 2009

Color Me Flattered!

We went to our Halloween Trunk or Treat last week. I mentioned on here that I was making chili for it. I guess it was a contest. I didn't know that when I signed up to bring chili. I played around with my Uncle Dave's recipe quite a bit and added beans to it because ... well because I like beans. It was pretty experimental in the end.

Imagine my surprise when someone told me I won the Chili Cook Off! Craziness! I won a gift card to Great Harvest which I am excited to use. I love their bread.

A couple of people have requested the recipe so here it is (at least as close as I can recall.)

Winning Chili

1# ground beef
2.5# ground lamb (I got this at Whole Foods but you can often find in a good grocery store. If not available substitute with ground or stew beef)
2 medium white onions diced
One large can black beans
One 14 oz. can of pinto beans
3 large cans crushed tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1 bag (about 3 cups) uncooked pearl barley
1T Oregano
3-4 cloves garlic minced
3-4 T Ground Cumin
1-3T Ground Chili Pepper
1 T Chipotle Chili Pepper
4 cups water
4 cups beef broth
2 t beef base

Brown Meats in fry pan. Remove meat and saute onions till tender. Add Garlic for a minute. Put meat, onions, garlic, and all other ingredients in a crock pot and cook for a day on low. The longer it is together the better it is.

You may have to adjust the seasoning to your taste. I don't like things very hot so if you like lots of spice you can bump up the chili powders.

Serve with half a lime juiced over the top and jack cheese on top too. YUMMY!

In other news, if you get the BYU law alumni magazine named CM or Clark Memorandum (I don't get this but for some reason my dad does even though he went to law school at the U) check out the article by Elder Cook "Latter Day Saint Lawyers and the Public Square." He talks about me and this blog at the very end. I kinda wonder if he knows I am a lawyer?

Thanks to the judges of the chili contest for liking my chili. Thanks to Elder Cook for the very nice things he said about me and thanks to whomever told him about my blog.

Color me totally flattered!