Archive for the ‘Chili’ Category
Sometimes, on a cold day that looks like it might rain, you have to have chili. Usually, I make a big pot of it, and it cooks a long time to let the beans get nice and soft. Sometimes, you just don’t have that kind of time, but you don’t want something that came out of a can.
I don’t buy the Chili mix in the bag. I make my own, and you should, too. It’s very simple, and better because you can control the heat and you know what’s in it. Basically, it’s a mixture of chilies, cumin and a little salt.
If you live in California, you probably have access to fresh Anaheim chilies, if you live in New Mexico, you have the New Mexico chili which is a bit hotter than the Anaheim. Both chilies have thick skin, so they should be charred before use. When making my chili, I charred two nice big red bells peppers as well.
How to Char Chilies
Charring chilies is very simple. You need four things, the chilies themselves, a gas stove top, long tongs and a plastic bag (the one the chilies came in is fine). Put the gas flame up as high as it will go, and just lay the chili on the burner. Use the tongs to turn the chilies as they char. When most of the skin has been charred, put the chili in the plastic bag, close it, and let the chili steam in the bag. When the chili is cool enough to handle, remove the charred skin under running water. Not only is this a great way to skin a chili pepper, it also give the chili a nice roasted flavor. Of course, if you want really smoky flavor, do it on the Weber!
Recipes in this Post
- Great Northern While Chili
Well, it’s that time of year again. Until I was in my late thirties, it always rained on my birthday, then it stopped raining on my birthday. I was rather amused when I looked a the weather forecast and saw that it was supposed to rain on the 16th of February, 2011 in Los Angeles.
As we have just moved in, and some things are still not completely organized, I thought I would make a simple dinner and a simple cake. It turned out I did not have to make the cake, my friend Adel brought a great cake from the bakery for me. But what to make for dinner on a cold, wet day?
Chili, of course, was the answer – but not any chili – no I wanted something special for my birthday, and I remembered that I used to make Great Northern White Chili. I had not made it for years.
The like this chili because it’s not too hot, so it’s perfect for people who don’t tolerate heat very well. I love a lot of heat, but I know a lot of people don’t. This chili is also rich because it has cream in it. This chili also does very well in the crock pot, just precook the ingredients and let the beans cook in the Crockpot.
Recipe: Great Northern White Chili
Summary: This is a great change from the usual bowl of red
- 1 package Great Northern Beans
- 2 Pasilla Chilies
- 1 Green Pepper
- 1 Onion
- 2 Garlic Cloves
- 1 Chicken Breasts skinned and boned
- 3 cans Chicken Stock
- 1 tablespoon Oregano
- 1 teaspoon Basil
- 1 teaspoon Thyme
- 1/4 cup Cream
- Rinse beans. Fill a large pot with beans and cover with cold water. Bring to boil and boil for 5 minutes. Cover and remove from heat, let sit, covered for 2 hours. Drain beans and set aside.
- Char and peel chilies and green pepper.
- In food processor with chopping blade:
- 1. Chop charred peeled chilies and pepper.
- 2.Chop onion and garlic.
- 3. Chop cut up chicken breast.
- Reheat the pot and add oil. Add chilies, pepper and onion and sauté until the onion is translucent.
- Add chicken and break up with a spatula as you sauté, about 5 minutes.
- Add beans and broth.
- Add seasonings.
- Cover and simmer for about 1 hour or until the beans are almost tender. Remove the cover and allow some of the broth to reduce.
- Add the cream and reduce further, stirring to prevent scorching.
- Serve with sour cream and cilantro.
This is also a very good dish for a Pot Luck.
You can make this in the Crockpot as well. Sauté the onions, pepper and chicken separately, then add them to the beans and liquid and cook for 8 hours.
Preparation time: 30 minute(s)
Cooking time: 8 hour(s)
Number of servings (yield): 6
Culinary tradition: USA (Southwestern)
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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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Recipes in this post
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- Spinach Balls
- Ham Rolls
- Big Five Pepper Chili for the Nesco
- Sweet Corn Muffins
Spane’s birthday is tomorrow, November 21, 2010. He is going to be 7 years old! So, like every birthday there is the preparation for the party. This year will be the first one where he gave out invitations.
Originally, we were going to have the party at Carr Park, but since it is supposed to rain, Amber volunteered to host the party at her house. That meant sending out notices to everyone to let them know about the change of venue. I hope everyone will make it.