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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Random WillyNillyness Cooking Presents: Carolyn's Willy-Nilly Chili

Yeah, I posted a similar recipe last year. But this one is different. In fact, every time I make my world, okay maybe not world, but my home famous chili, it's different. The reason is because I don't follow a recipe and I have no recipe. What I have is a crock pot and ingredients and some spices I use to concoct my recipe.

I never knew how to make chili until one day while watching Rachel Ray on the Food Network, she made a very easy recipe and I thought, hell I can do that. So I did. She used ground turkey but I don't roll that way. I want real beef so I use ground beef.

She also had a recipe but I realized that as long as you has chili powder in your chili, you could do just about anything you wanted as long as you followed some basic rules of chili.

I start with onions and garlic. I saute them and then add the beef and brown it. I usually use a little beer but this time I used some red wine just for kicks. I also tossed in 2 cans of diced tomatoes and one can of tomato sauce. Add the meat and mix. Then I started adding the spices.

Now if you try this make sure you have red chili powder. It will give you that deep chili flavor. I also use my Santa Fe Green chili powder because it is wicked spicy and it is soooo good. I also add salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, smoked paprika and regular paprika. Then I dumped in a can of kidney beans and let that baby stew all day.

When I got back from shopping, I adjusted the spices. That's the cool thing about willy-nilly cooking, there are no rules. So I added a pinch of this and a dash of that to make it taste better.

The I served it up with some chopped onions, cheddar cheese and some garlic toast. It was so delicious especially on a cold winter night!!

Buen Provecho!

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  1. Chili! Chili! Chili! Must try this! great recipe for the cold winter days ahead!

  2. There is something about home cooked chili that can't be beat, esp. on a cold day and yours looks soooo good!

  3. You're awesome, Carolyn! Sometimes I get intimidated about using the crock-pot because it seems like a secret ritual. Thanks for going willy-nilly on the chili, showing it doesn't have to be so rigid.

    I'm on the hunt now for chili powders and paprikas. Don't tell anybody, I only have one kind of paprika in the house...

  4. mmmm.. looks sooo goooddd!! I've never cooked chili before.. I have to try it! BTW I love the way you served it!

  5. I LOVE chili. That is what I usually order at Wendy's but nothing beats homemade chili. Looks good!

  6. I love that you don't have a recipe for chili and that you just go for it! Very nice for a cold evening. I need to buy a crock pot (mine broke down last year!)