- Jul 20, 2012
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The only chili I have ever disliked is Skyline, that Cincinnati style stuff.
I've had almost Anything in chili, and it works like a charm. (Even mushrooms)
Green Bell pepper is the only ingredient upon which I insist. I've had it with Okra, Quinoa, even Kale for crying out loud. It's tough to ruin this pepper stew.
Chili is kinda like pizza which is kinda like sex. I was hosting a large group one time and had some vegetarian guests. Made a chili "starter" with the requisite chilies, tomato, onion, garlic, spices etc then broke 1/4 of that off to make an "accidentally vegan" chili with beans, corn, quinoa. The accidentally vegan chili was great. I also didn't consider that the vegetarian guests didn't have a high heat tolerance so I ended up eating most of it lol
My go-to "secret ingredient" is Edmund Fitzgerald. Not a ton - I think when the beer is a pronounced flavor in chili it is a gimmick - but has those roasty, chocolately, bittersweet notes that go great in chili ala adding coffee or chocolate. Same thing with chipotle/adobo/smoke, it's great in moderation but when it's the prominent flavor I think its a gimmick.
Also it is far from "chili purist" but maybe my favorite way to eat it is next morning breakfast over white rice with over-easy eggs, cheddar, green onions, and sour cream.
Damn, we are running out of chili season...but my grilling season officially started today with grass-fed strips on the Akorn. I respect those who grill in the winter but my setup isn't great for that...
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Instapot El Pastor Tacos:
*2 pounds cubed pork
*Granulated garlic, salt & pepper
*Tablespoon bacon grease
*1/2 red onion diced
*Adobo and two chopped chipotle's from the can
*Squirt of lime juice
*Can of crushed pineapple
What you do...
Cooked the onion salt and pepper in the bacon grease on the "Stew" setting for five minutes.
Added everything else and cooked for five hours.
That's about it, ran it on a high temperature again at the end to evaporate the pineapple juice. Killer shit.