Chili con Carne
......and don't forget the cornbread!
It is a dark and rainy night, tonight, which means no grilling til midweek at best. Sigh. I could rant about the weather, or I could make chili.
I'm making chili and beans with corn bread.
Instead of the usual mess of ground chuck seasoned by an envelope of chili flavors, I am going whole hog and doing it right.
2 cans each black beans and cannellini beans
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
1 or two sliced jalapeños
1 chopped onion
1 small can of red sauce (enchilada)
2 lbs. of ground chuck
2 diced Hass avocados for garnish
Brown the meat and remove to a collander to drain the fat. Sauté onions and peppers and add tomatoes, chipotles (chopped first) red sauce and beans, add back the meat and let simmer on a very low burner for an hour or two. Serve over rice and garnish with avocados, sour cream and cheese, if you like. If you have a can of beer you can throw that into the mezclada, if you want. When all is bubbly and delicious, serve over steamed white rice or macaroni, depending on the region of the country you hale from.
The corn bread should be made using any recipe you have, or mix, for that matter. Here is a recipe I might just try. In fact, her whole site is nothing but food porn. I am definitely bookmarking her. Just make sure you use buttermilk to mix it up, and make sure you use an iron skillet that you have preheated in a 425 degree oven. Add batter (lightly mixed, lumpy) to hot skillet. Bake for about 20 minutes til golden brown, remove from heat and butter immediately. The Hubster likes this for breakfast, and the day we settled in to our new digs and Mister and Missus, he ordered me into the kitchen to fix him up a skillet of corn bread. Which I did, most happily, since he was only asking me to do what I love doing anyway!
Leftover cornbread is delicious with cold milk and a sprinkling of sugar. It is sort of the Pennsylvania Dutch version of grits.
While I get the fixin's going, enjoy some haram culture. Try not spitting on the monitor while watching, please.