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Recipe: Chili

Happy Super Saturday! I’m pretty excited about this year’s Super Bowl rematch between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. (full disclosure: I am technically a Jets fan but I have to represent the hometown team.) While football fans will agree to disagree on who to root for, most will attest that Chili is a time-honored and noble Super Bowl tradition, and with good reason. It’s fun, festive, and, most importantly, easy to eat in front of the TV.

This is my default Chili recipe, though I’m sure I’ll be toying around with variations of it for years to come. You’ll notice that it calls for a handful of “Secret Ingredient,” which is exactly what it is. A secret. So don’t ask me what it is. Besides, almost everyone who makes their own chili has one. (For those who are curious, you can omit the “Secret Ingredient” and stick to the recipe otherwise, and it will still come out quite tasty–I’ve tried so I know it’s true.) This Chili is perfect for a Super Bowl Party, or a cozy night in watching your favorite show. I may not cook tomorrow night, but I know I would definitely want some of this while watching the new episode of Downton Abbey, which will air right after the Super Bowl. ¬†Anyway, without further adieu…

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Pound Ground Beef (or any ground meat of your choice)
  • 1 Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Can Red Kidney Beans
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 Yellow Pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 Orange Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Handful Secret Ingredient (shh!)
  • Chili Seasoning
  • A few shakes of Red Pepper Flakes
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • Shredded Cheese to top
  • Corn Chips
What To Do:
  1. Brown the meat in a deep saucepan, and drain.
  2. Stir in a generous amount of Chili Seasoning and Red Pepper Flakes
  3. Add diced tomatoes, Kidnet Beans, Onion, Peppers, and Secret Ingredient, mixing thoroughly.
  4. Cover and cook for 45 minutes to an hour over high heat. (I recommend closer to an hour.)
  5. Give ingredients another good mix and add cinnamon.
  6. Serve in bowls and top with Shredded Cheese. You can crush up some corn chips and sprinkle them in as well, or you can just serve them on the side.
Go Giants!,
The Saucy Scholar

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