Saturday, August 15, 2015

block party! chili cook-off winner!

It is once again block party! Our block's 58th anniversary party--one of the first and longest running block parties in Chicago. It is Andy and my 29th.
The theme this year was County Fair. As usual, I hang several of my quilts on our porch railings.
 We collected ketchup and toilet paper for the neighborhood food pantry.
  I won the chili making contest! We also had a pie baking contest.
 Dunk tank, bouncy house, pony rides.
Just a day enjoying our neighbors. The band and dancing in the streets starts at dusk.

Lynn's Award winning Chili!

(all amounts are estimates)
3-4 lbs ground beef--browned and drained (collect, discard fat, return liquids to meat)

To the pot of browned meat, add the spices and stir until the meat is evenly mixed with the spices.

Spices: (vary amounts by your taste  preferences)
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground red pepper
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Rinse and drain three-four 15 oz cans of beans.
I use a variety, including black Beans, light red kidney, and dark red kidney

In a large crock pot, place
1-2 chopped onions
2/3rd of the meat
the beans
the rest of the meat

Pour over top:
One 29 oz can petite dice tomatoes
One 8 oz can of  tomato sauce
1-2 small cans of diced mild green peppers
I rinse out these cans, adding the water to the crock pot to bring liquid level to 1 inch from top.

Put above ingredients into large crock pot. Cover and cook for 4-5 hours on low.

About 1/2 hour before serving, add:

1 cup of frozen corn
about 1/2 cup of dried polenta mixed with about 1 cup of water (if no polenta, use corn meal)

Cover and cook for 1/2 hour, stirring twice

Serve sprinkled with grated cheddar or jack cheese

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It was a great day! I can't wait to make your chili!!