It’s Not Fall or Winter without Chili

I’m going to keep this rather short and to the point because it’s a pretty simple recipe. But I’ll be honest, I’m just rehashing this from 2010 so the video at the bottom doesn’t match the ingredients or the steps. Hopefully you’ll still be able to figure it out. If not, just ask.

Anyways, I was scheduled to do a pretty epic hike on Sat. to try summit South Arapaho peak for the 4th or 5th time. And so, I wanted to make sure I had something hearty, healthy, and in excessive quantity to replace all those calories when I got back. Chili it is!

Prior to make the previous version of this recipe, I’d never actually made chili before and figured I’d throw caution to the wind. Even if it didn’t turn out great, I knew it wasn’t going to kill me.

Without further ado, here is the latest and greatest version of my chili recipe!

Here’s what you’ll need for ingredients:

1 lb. of ground burger
1 lb. of cubed steak
1 lb. of turkey bacon (or regular if you’re not a health nut)
Bottle ‘o beer
Garlic
Onions
Celery
Mushrooms
Smoked poblano peppers (you have to smoke them yourself)
Jalapeno Peppers and/or serrano (based on your heat tolerance)
Beans of your choice (probably not baked, gross)
Stewed tomatoes
Tomato juice
Cumin
Paprika
Cayenne Pepper
Chili Powder

  1. Cook the meat in a BFP (Big Fuggin’ Pot), starting with the bacon
  2. Drain the fat if you want to but please don’t
  3. Season the crap out of everything with the dried seasonings mentioned above and add the garlic
  4. **Note: this a LOT of volume, it’s near impossible to over-season it. “near”
  5. Let it all cook for a couple minutes until the meat is evenly coated with the seasoning and rendered fat
  6. Add the veggies and let them “sweat”. Again, allowing them to be coated with seasoning and fat
  7. Add beer and let it come to a boil
  8. Add stewed tomatoes, mushrooms, beans, smoked peppers, and the spicy peppers
  9. Add enough tomato juice for your desired consistency or the pot overflows
  10. Simmer errythang until the celery and mushrooms are cooked, and let the flavors blend together

I highly recommend serving it with freshly chopped onions and colby cheese.

I highly recommend you NOT doing something silly like adding macaroni noodles. We can’t be friends if you do that.

As I said, there are a lot of changes I made above that are not shown in the video. You’ll have to use some of your won skills. Lastly, remember to season everything to taste and don’t worry about exact quantities.

Enjoy…





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4 responses to “It’s Not Fall or Winter without Chili

  1. That is what I am talking about. I love chili and it is my main staple for food. Cause it is so freaking cheap and simple. However, I have never tried it with bacon, I am looking forward to giving this a try tomorrow.

  2. Let me know how it turns out. I really wanted to use “real” bacon, but since this is a “health and fitness” type blog, I figured I should probably leave it out. lol

  3. chili is the bomb… pretty good for you too… legumes are good, tomato sauce (tomatoes) are good for prostate…

    i like putting a little on top of my plain kinda gross egg whites and helps alot lol

  4. alex just made chili yesterday in our crockpot… SO GOOOOOOD. i’m already ready for round 2. best part about chili is ya can’t really eff it up. throw it together, let it simmer, eat.

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