10.02.2008

It's Getting Chili Outside


Wish I had time for just one more bowl of chili.
- the dying words of Kit Carson

Everywhere I turn, I am hit with signs of Fall - an increase in the number of amber and saffron-hued leaves in our yard and on our sidewalk, being able to open the windows and smell the scent of burning leaf piles, the need for a long-sleeved shirt on the evening walk with the dogs.

More importantly, I am hit with the urge for chili - spicy and sweet, studded with tender ground beef and delicate beans that practically dissolve on the tongue.



This chili recipe is a breeze to make - and while I've listed the spices and ingredients I toss in the pot, I couldn't begin to cite quantities, as this is something I do by memory, taste, and an innate knowledge of how I've adapted it through the years. I have always preferred chili with a hint of sweet spice from nutmeg and a cinnamon/sugar blend, ever since I had it that way at a friend's house when I was 9 years old. Pork & beans may also seem an unlikely candidate for chili, but they also add a salty sweetness that's just barely detectable.

Sweet & Spicy Chili

2 lbs. Ground Beef, browned and drained
28 oz. can of tomato sauce
16 oz. can of pork & beans
1/2 cup beer (I use a Pale Ale)
Chili powder
Onion
Red Pepper
Cumin
Black Pepper
Basil
Salt
Garlic Powder
Nutmeg
Cinnamon/Sugar Blend

(Bowls can be found here.)

Welcome, Fall. I've been waiting for you.

3 comments:

cooknkate said...

Oh dear, I knew I shouldn't have read this post. Now I want chili. It's 8:00 at night too!!

Note to self: Must. Make. Chili.

Grace said...

i sure hope my last words are something a little more profound. that being said, i'm making an effort to be sure they aren't "i wish i had eaten more chocolate"... :)
your chili looks and sounds delicious. :)

alexandra's kitchen said...

nice to hear about an easy chili recipe. I always think chili is going to be an all-day affair. this sounds perfect for fall!