Ay yi yi. From happiness to chili. Welcome to crazy town. MOM!? I made it bigger for you! :) Maybe?
The Neelys. If you watch them too often you just might get a cavity because those two are so darn sweet. Sometimes too sweet, but hey, maybe I’m just jealous. TV show aside, this chili is great. The ingredient list can be kind of a turn-off (alright grammar buffs, is that hyphenated?), but don’t let it scare you. There’s nothing too crazy on there! Except for Smoked Paprika. I’ve run into several recipes that call for this and I finally ended up buying some only to discover that the smell kind of makes me want to vomit. Giada’s basil/curry mayo called for it and I was hesitant to follow directions, but I decided to go for the gusto! Um, I definitely noticed it in there :( I cut back on it in the chili recipe. Neelys Chili.
- 6 slices thick-cut applewood smoked bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces Note: I use four of whatever kind of bacon I have.
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 medium onions, finely chopped Note: I only usually use half an onion for everything. Just cuz.
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped Note: Omitted.
- 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika Note: I’ve made this several times and only once with this; no noticeable difference.
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pound 85 percent lean ground beef Note: 93/7.
- 1 pound ground pork Note: Whatever’s cheapest in the way of ground sausage.
- 1 cup beer (recommended: Budweiser) Note: Substituted 8oz beef stock from bouillon.
- 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (24-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 (24-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juice Note: I used one regular sized can–C isn’t a fan of tomatoes.
- Lime wedges, for garnish
- Sour cream, for garnish
- Shredded Cheddar, for garnish
- Sliced scallions, for garnish
And there you have it! It’s such a crazy long list that I wasn’t even going to make it, but like I said, once you read it it’s not too bad. Chop your bacon before cooking it! Haha, I just realized that’s what the recipe said to do and have been having a hard time cooking my bacon in my normal, non Dutch pot. Remember that time I said I needed to start reading the directions more thoroughly? I like this recipe because it has the potential to go either way in health land. You could substitute the pork sausage for some turkey sausage, same with the bacon. You could also throw in all kinds of vegetables along with the peppers (which my family never eats but never notices in here. score, mommy!). That’s the only reason I cut the second pepper: I thought they might catch on and stop eating. The beans are healthy-ish… :) I’ve never used the beer in it because there’s just something about serving my three year-old alcohol that just doesn’t sit well with me. I know I know, the alcohol cooks out. If you have an hour and a half, by all means, let it ride, but I have made this in just the amount it took for all the beef and pork to brown. It’s a good, filling meal with lots of potential to be healthier than it looks as is :)
Would I make this for someone else: No. Not because it’s bad or anything, but it’s not exactly…refined. I would do meatloaf before I would make this. But for a cold night at home with the family, absolutely.