There’s a chili cook off at Buck Bald Brewing on February 12 so I decided to test out my chili recipe that my daughter’s boyfriend Justin suggested. He’s from Texas so I figured he knew good chili! The recipe can be found here: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a50739/texas-chili-recipe/
It was not a hard soup to make but I've never made chili without beans so it was a totally new experience for me.
I followed the directions exactly as written and when it was done I was kind of disappointed. It was thin and spicy so I knew it needed some TLC.
I used several cuts of meet to test out what I liked There was a definite difference but I didn’t do a good enough job differentiating the two cuts. I’m guessing we liked the chuck roast better than the sirloin but have decided that for the actual competition I will use Brasstown Beef 80/20 ground chuck.
And, what’s not to love about bacon!
This recipe had a wide variety of chopped vegetables and spices.
As prepared following the directions exactly this only got three out of five stars.
On day two I put all the ingredients back in the pot and made some additions. The finished chili was excellent. A tad bit spicy so I added some 100% cacao to tamper it. Def a 5 out of 5.
I started version 2 on Friday. I used a different cut of meat But I kept the base recipe exactly the same. It was good but not as good as the original batch. The competition batch gets 4.5 stars from me.
I did not end up placing first second or third. I really liked my chili and I’ll definitely make it again but I missed the beans. I think I’m definitely a bean and meat chili girl. My next chili will be a blend of what I learned from this recipe and my Mother's chili recipe (which has beans but not bacon.)
Next up is broccoli and cheddar cheese soup for an anti Valentine's Day pot luck. The directions are to make fart inducing food and I think broccoli, onions, and cheddar cheese fits that bill.
Here is my running list of soups starting with my favorite
#1 Shrimp Ramen
#2 Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
#3 Cabbage Roll Soup
#4 Texas Chili (Tim says this is his favorite)
#5 Italian Sausage Soup
#6 Simple Lentil Soup