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 Post subject: Chili Time!!
PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 7:05 pm 
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Well, it's Game Dinner time of the year! I have a Game Dinner tomorrow evening for a fishing website I am on called CTFisherman.com Each year we do a Game Dinner and the proceeds go to the Dept of the Environment and earmarked for Take A Kid Fishing and other such projects. Everyone brings a big dish, usually with some sort of Game or Fish, and we donate raffle prizes and have a great time as a big group of 150+ people. So I decided to do a BIG batch of Chili! 6# of ground Venison, 2.25# of ground hamburg, 2# of ground sausage, 1# of diced bacon, 8 onions, 4 peppers, 1 big knob of garlic (like 10-12 cloves), 2 bottles of Sam Adams Boston Lager beer, 4 lg cans of diced tomatoes, 8 fresh diced tomatoes and 4 lg cans of Kidney beans. Then chili powder, red pepper, cumin, marjoram, oregano, parsley, etc.

Render onto the Bacon that which is BACON!!! Yeah, I love bacon :) Garlic is in there, too...kept it on a lower heat to get the fat out of the bacon before I added the onions:
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Rough dice on 8 onions, snuck a shot of the new Tanaka R2 240mm in there, still debating on the handle:
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Onions added:
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I let that sweat down for a while and then added the meat. 10# is a LOT of ground meat, I got out a second smaller pot and put some in there just to speed things along. Once the meat was browned, I added in the 4 chunked Orange, Red, Green and Yellow peppers. Diced tomatoes also went in before the peppers, forgot to take a pic:
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Everyone is in the pot and cooking down!
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Got some sour cream, cheese and nacho's waiting...hope I don't eat it all tonight before the Game Dinner tomorrow!


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 Post subject: Re: Chili Time!!
PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 7:40 pm 

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Nice!

Chili is one of my favorites. First, I loved it as a kid so there is a nostalgia element to it. Second, it tastes great on its own, on pasta, with bread, in frito pie, etc, etc. Third, keeps well. Fourth, and this is a funny one, I have learned to make chili out of about five different leftover meals, so its a green meal, recycling! Last time I made chili I started laughing, while we were eating, at how much went into it, my wife asked what's so funny, I challenged her to guess how many meals went into the chili. And last, but first in my heart, requires a lot of veggie prep :D


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 Post subject: Re: Chili Time!!
PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:14 pm 
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That is some gorgeous looking chili. Thanks for the photo. It reminds me to make myself a batch real soon


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 Post subject: Re: Chili Time!!
PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 5:08 am 

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I know what you mean about wanting to dig in . Looks good. Think how good it will be though after 24 hours.


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 Post subject: Re: Chili Time!!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:15 am 
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Love me some chili, looks great Tim!



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 Post subject: Re: Chili Time!!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 6:23 am 
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I want some please....

Looks super good.

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 Post subject: Re: Chili Time!!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:43 pm 

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For how bloody cold it is up here in canada land I would love some chili. I like how you choose a variety of ground meats.


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 Post subject: Re: Chili Time!!
PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:49 am 
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Still working my way thru the left overs! LOL. Chili with cheese and sour cream as a dip for nacho's one meal, 2 meals of chili cheese dogs :)

And that is a 16 qt stock pot in the pics :) We let it boil down for 4 hours, and then scooped off the excess water (4 cans of large diced tomatoes, 8 fresh tomatoes and 2 Sam Adams leaves a lot of extra moisture) and added in some tomato sauce, tomato paste and molasses to make it thicker. Original recipe called for Kahlua, but I tried the beer as an experiment. We needed the thicker/sweeter Kahlua, so we added in the molasses. The extra liquid served as a base for a beef stew the next day :) One way to make some nice stew stock!!


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 Post subject: Re: Chili Time!!
PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:34 pm 

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Chili, but where are the chiles? A pot that big surely deserves at least a cup of freshly diced jalapenos & serranos. Throw in a handful of habaneros :twisted: for that nice CT weather and get some work done in the shed :mrgreen:!


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 Post subject: Re: Chili Time!!
PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 2:11 am 

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I never thought to put bacon in Chili. It's genius.


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