Last Chance - Game-Day Week 14

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Last Game Folks ~ Game-Day Week 14

This is the last week to enter recipes for this football contest. I want to thank all of you for entering and especially you who did so on a regular basis. The leader-board clearly shows a few of you with whopping total points and a clear lead over other contestants but of course, it still comes down to the draw-off at the beginning of the year, right in time for the BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans.

Now, congratulations to Michelle at Ms. enPlace for winning last week's contest.

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This Week's Recipe from my kitchen:

Big games are on the line for regional playoffs and then it's on to the national spotlight.

I figure, ya gotta have a big ol' bowl of hearty goodness to compete with bowl games and my chili is just perfect for me.

Hope y'all like it...

Honest to Goodness Chili

this will make a big ol' pot of goodness, enough for a football crowd or to freeze for later - it is pretty much the same recipe as 'My Chili' in my cookbook but I have changed the cooking method

2 pounds beef roast -like sirloin tip, rump or shoulder
1 pound center cut pork loin
2 pounds ground chuck beef, chili ground if available
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons AP flour
cooking oil
 1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 -25 oz can petite diced tomatoes
1 -15 oz can tomato sauce
1 -6 oz can tomato paste
2 -14 oz cans chicken broth
1 -10.5 oz can condensed beef broth
1 pound dried pinto beans, soaked & cooked tender -see below
4 tablespoons Mexican chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper

Slice the beef roast into 1/4-inch slices. If using center cut pork chops, slice in half horizontally, otherwise, slice loin in 1/4-inch slices. Trim away any fat from both meats. Mix the pepper, salt, brown sugar and flour together with your hands to combine into a powder. Dredge the sliced meats in the seasoning.

Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium high heat. Add a couple tablespoons of oil and cover the bottom with a layer of the seasoned meat. Brown on both sides turning once. The desire is to put a caramelized coating on the meat over high heat but be careful not to burn the sucs or browned coating of fond in the bottom of the pan. Remove cooked meat to a paper lined plate to drain and continue cooking remaining sliced meat adding more oil as needed. In the same skillet, cook the ground beef stirring along the bottom to loosen the flavorful brown sucs. Drain the grease off and set meat aside.  Dice the browned slices of beef & pork into 1/4-inch pieces, add to the cooked ground beef.

Add the cooked meats to a large dutch oven or stockpot. Stir in the next 10 ingredients and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cook for 1 1/2 hours stirring every so often.

Stir in the last 4 ingredients and return to a low simmer. Check seasonings and adjust salt if needed or others to suit your taste. I normally add a tad more chipotle chili powder. This last addition of spice is to layer in more flavor, to bind of sorts while intensifying the seasonings essence without creating a bitter aftertaste that overcooking chili powder can sometimes do. Simmer on lowest setting for another hour.

Note: If you like thick chili, as we sometimes do, mix a couple tablespoons of corn mesa with a little water and stir into the chili about 15 minutes before serving. We like our chili garnished with chopped green onions, shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream. Oh, and with hot buttered cornbread muffins of course.

Soaked & Cooked Tender Beans? ~ I prepare dried beans two ways. When I think ahead I cook them in a slow cooker overnight with seasonings, on a warm setting and then a few hours the next day on low. Or if I forget, I use the stove-top/oven method that does the same in a couple of hours. The oven seems to work better than using just the stove, making a faster, tender pot of beans. Here's how: cover the washed beans with about 2-inches of water in a dutch oven with a tight fitting lid. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Add your seasonings (don't forget the vinegar, see Red Beans & Rice) and heat on the stove over high heat until the water just starts to simmer. Place in the oven and cook for 90 minutes. Stir and check the tenderness of the beans. If needed, cook another 15 minutes or until beans are tender for your recipe. Drain and you're ready to go.


  1. "Honest to Goodness" that chili looks incredible! Sometimes I make a brown sugar and chipotle pepper chili. Had to smile when I saw brown sugar and chipotle chili powder here.

    Thanks for hosting. I can't believe this is the last one. We started picking satsumas this weekend, so they are on my brain.

  2. I can't believe it's been 14 weeks already!!! And that I won your cookbook, I am so looking forward to that. Funny, I just got a bee in my bonnet to make chili this week - no doubt from watching Top Chef. I think I am going to try a Texas style with no tomato and no beans, though I have to say coming upon this post I am very tempted to just do it your way!!! : )

  3. Me oh my, now that's one killer pot of chili! Love the seasonings and the idea of baking the beans. Hope you had a great holiday!

  4. Wow! A quick 14 weeks!!!

    This chili is incredible!

  5. I love this chili,and adding thickness with masa add great flavor!! I am so glad you added email feeds, subscribed!! Thanks!!

  6. Oh boy, what a wonderful list of luscious ingredients, your chili has to be amazing!!

    Hope you had a Blessed and Beautiful turkey day Drick

  7. That is one chili that any self respecting carnivore would love! It sounds like it has a great flavor!!!

  8. That is some on the seasoning combinations! The oven quick bean method tip is fantastic, have never tried this but I do forget to plan ahead often, so now I will :)

  9. Made this yesterday; since I hadn't soaked the beans, I used 2 cans of pintos. My wife said the flavor was incredible, which I had to agree. Probably even better tonight. Thanks and will make for the bowl season coming up


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