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fredrogers
11-02-2008, 01:24 PM
Every year at my parents house we have a big party with chili and homemade spud nuts.

So this year I volunteered to make a batch of chili con carne.


So we start with the basics.

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The only thing missing is the chipotle peppers in adobo and the beans.

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One of my favorite parts to this recipe is the use of corn tortillas to thicken the chili.

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Now that all the knife work is done it is time to fire up the skillet.

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First the bacon. Saving the bacon grease to use when browning the the chuck roast and veggies.

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Now the chuck roast. Browning it in small batches to assure a nice texture.

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Next the Onion, peppers, garlic and spices.

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Then I de-glazed the pan with the crushed tomatoes and let that come to a simmer.

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Now everyone it the pool.

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I let jack watch the slow cooker for the day. :msn-wink:

While that was cooking my wife and I helped my parents make some doughnuts.

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And they already had some chili made when we got there.

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About 2 hours before the guest arrived I added the beans.

Then before serving I added chopped cilantro and and little lime juice.

It turned out great! We fed I don't know how many people. They just kept showing up all night long. It was a ton of fun!

I hope you all had a safe and FUN Halloween!

-=fred=-

Butt Lover's
11-02-2008, 01:34 PM
:wow: That's alot of good looking food :)

PigCicles
11-02-2008, 01:42 PM
I gotta agree :wow: That's a lot of doughnuts too. Bet nobody went away hungry from that.

chadd17
11-02-2008, 01:50 PM
:wow: Thats a lot of doughnuts. The chili looks great, making me hungry. Glad to hear you add beans. Most people tell me it aint chili if it has beans, but I gotta have them in mine. I use masa flour to thicken but will be trying the tortillas. :sign0092: for the tip.

fredrogers
11-02-2008, 01:52 PM
:wow: That's alot of good looking food :)

:sign0092:


I gotta agree :wow: That's a lot of doughnuts too. Bet nobody went away hungry from that.

If any did go away hungry, it wasn't due to the lack of food. I think the official count on the doughnuts was 102 not including the doughnut holes.

-=fred=-

fredrogers
11-02-2008, 01:54 PM
:wow: Thats a lot of doughnuts. The chili looks great, making me hungry. Glad to hear you add beans. Most people tell me it aint chili if it has beans, but I gotta have them in mine. I use masa flour to thicken but will be trying the tortillas. :sign0092: for the tip.

I know about the whole chili and beans thing, but I just like them.

They taste good and that's good enough for me.

To thicken with the tortillas:
I used 6 corn tortillas cut in about 2 in squares. You add about a cup of the chicken broth with the cut up tortillas and nuke them in the microwave for about a minute or until it all turns to a nice mush. Then you give the a spin in a food processor, about a minute. Then add to the chili.

-=fred=-