Saturday, January 9, 2021

Game Day Chili

Did you taste the chocolate? Bittersweet chocolate. Just a touch. 

The recipe is from Better Homes and Gardens. A slow cooker recipe. Today was a day of football 🏈. Even though the only game that really matters is on tomorrow at 4:30. 

It just seemed like a chili day. I made changes in the original recipe. For starters I made enough for just the 2 of us, with maybe a lunch leftover. I did not make the Chili Seasoning Puree. I did not use dates or ground coriander. This was the second recipe this year that called for ground coriander. I have tried 2 stores and have not be able to find it. The dates reminded me of raisins in meatballs. Not what I was raised on. I am sure it would have been tasty but not what I wanted to try today.

This is my version. I think it is a keeper!

Game Day Chili

3/4 pound ground beef chuck
1 onion, chopped 
1 stalk celery, sliced 
1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
3/4 cup water
3 ounce can tomato paste
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped

In a Dutch oven cook ground beef, onion, and celery over medium-high heat until meat is browned and onion is tender, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat.

Transfer meat mixture to a slow cooker. Stir in tomatoes, broth, the water, tomato paste, paprika, chili powder, dried oregano, cumin, crushed red pepper, and cloves. 

Cook, covered, on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours (or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3-1/2 hours). 

Stir in chocolate and serving immediately.

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