Thursday, February 12, 2009

My pal Jack's chili

One of the benefits of being an "official" man's who's gotta eat is the number of friends, family members, and colleagues who want me to sample their culinary creations. Today, my bud and co-worker Jacques, aka Jack, brought me a big ol' bowl of his chili ... in a bowl, and on a saucer, he'd brought from home. Hell, he even provided cheddar cheese, sour cream, Tabasco sauce, and a silver spoon. To wit:


I probably should've taken an "after" picture of my bowl of chili 'cause I practically licked the you-know-what clean. Jack's chili had a terrific flavor, both sweet (from the tomato sauce and peppers) and hot (from the serrano peppers and red pepper), and the black olives provided an unexpected, and tasty, tang. (I'm pretty sure I've never had black olives in chili before.)

Jack can sure serve a mean bowl of chili. I begged him for his recipe, and, well, here 'tis (try it, you'll like it ... gar-un-damn-teed):

1 1/2 lbs ground chuck
1 lb hot Italian sausage
1 large can tomato sauce
1 large can tomato puree
2 cans chili hot beans
1 can dark red kidney beans
1 can jumbo pitted black olives
1/2 can beer
1 large green bell pepper (sliced/chopped)
1 large red bell pepper (sliced/chopped)
6-8 sliced serrano peppers
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large handful chili powder
1 medium handful parsley flakes
1 small handful crushed red pepper
Generous pinch of celery seed
Optional: chunks of pepperoni

1 comment:

Brian Stanley said...

I don't know about pepperoni in chili, but the black olives sound good.