As we begin the climb out of the deep winter off season and set our sights on the upcoming 2009 USL-1 season, I bring you an award winning chili recipe.
I would recommend using more chili peppers, and generously shake Cajun Creole spiced into the pot.
2 pounds round steak, diced
1 pound ground pork
5 cups chopped onions
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic cloves
7 tablespoons chili powder
2 green chili peppers, seeded and chopped (see note)
3 (15-ounce) cans whole tomatoes
3 tablespoons tomato paste
4 bay leaves
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans
1 pound corn chips for accompaniment
Shredded cheddar cheese for accompaniment
1. In a large, heavy kettle, brown diced round steak and ground pork with onions and garlic; drain. Stir in chili powder, green chili peppers, canned whole tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaves, salt, oregano, red wine vinegar, and brown sugar. Cover and cook for 2 hours over low heat.
2. Add kidney beans and cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
3. Serve with corn chips and grated cheddar cheese.
Makes 12 servings.
Note: Working with jalapeños or other chiles: Capsaicin is the ingredient in chiles that causes the burning sensation associated with fresh peppers. It's a good idea to use rubber gloves when handling fresh chiles. (Disposable surgical gloves, available at most drugstores, work best for this.) If you choose not to use gloves, be extremely careful not to touch any part of your body, especially your eyes. After you've finished handling the chiles, wash your knife and cutting board with hot soapy water to ensure that there is no carry-over to other foods that may come in contact with the peppers.