Wednesday, August 12, 2009

NRW: Warm Me Up Daddy Chili

Ok, so I know it's summer, not winter, but sometimes a sista gets a lil jonesin for some chili in the middle of the 100 degree heat wave. Sounds crazy, but when you're sitting inside freezing from the a/c, it happens. This is one of the best chili's I've ever created, so I'm excited to post it!

2 pounds ground turkey
1 pound sweet Italian sausage
3 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained
2 (15 ounce) can chili beans in spicy sauce
2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 large white onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 green chile peppers, seeded and chopped
2 strips of bacon fried and crumbled
4 cubes beef bouillon
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 teaspoon season all
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 (10.5 ounce) bag lime corn chips
1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (8 ounce) package sour cream

  1. In a large frying pan, crumble the ground turkey and sausage into the hot pan, season with season all, a teaspoon of salt, and a teaspoon of pepper. Cook until evenly browned. Drain off excess grease.
  2. Heat a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Pour in the ground turkey and sausage mixture, black beans, spicy chili beans, diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Add the onion, green and red bell peppers, chile peppers, crumbled bacon, and bouillon. Season with chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, cumin, hot pepper sauce, basil, salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika, and sugar. Stir to blend, then cover and simmer over low heat for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. After 2 hours, taste, and adjust spices to desired taste.
  4. To serve, ladle into bowls, and top with sour cream and shredded Cheddar cheese. Scoop up with tortilla chips.

***Please remember that chili always tastes better the next day, so my suggestion is to prepare this the day before, and reheat for dinner the next day. However, even if you eat it right there on the spot, it's still gonna taste delish! Enjoy!