February 10, 2011

Chili Showdown Part II

Stud lived with a really good cook freshman-junior year in college, in fact, his nickname to this day is Cookie.  And that is where he met sweet pepper chili.  Cookie would whip up batches of chili for the apartment and Robert always raved about it.  There was never enough left for me to taste any.  So when I started talking about making chili, Stud flashed back to college and chili with peppers and onions and he had his heart set on it.  The battle began.

So he emailed Cookie to guarantee himself a fighting chance in our battle.  I have hacked into his email (mwhahaha....and to get the recipe) and here is the transcript from their conversation which had the subject line of "Secret Mission":

Stud: Hey man, Alex and I are having a chili cookoff on saturday: wife v. husband in a head to head chili showdown. Only means one thing: I need to cheat. Could you email me a basic list of ingredients/recipe you use for your awesome chili? I will give you total credit after I make her cry for her mother. I know you never really use a recipe but basic guidelines might make me a contender. I'll try not to tarnish the name of your Jesus Chili. Together we can defeat her!!!!!
Cookie: I'm on it, I'll try and make a cheat sheet for you.
Stud: You are amazing. I'm on surgery now which means I'm in bed and will be asleep in t minus 10 mins but I'll read it tomorrow, memorize it, then burn it so she won't find it. By burn I mean hit "erase." Thank you my good man and I will update you with our results.

Cookie: Ten four captain
Stud: Wow you went over and above the call of duty. Thanks a lot. Wes a gonna win now
Cookie: Whatever it takes to get the W

Stud: OK, we were the clear winners. turned out amazing. i forgot how much i love that chili. i informed Alex that you were the brains behind the operation, and she responded, "clearly, you couldn't make something that tasty." I'm paraphrasing, of course, but that was the gist.
Cookie: Haha victory!!!!

Stud/Cookie's Chili
1 large onion
1 red/orange/yellow pepper (whichever is available)
1 green pepper
1 can fire roasted crushed tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes
1 packet of McCormick's regular chili mix
1 packet of McCormick's hot chili mix
1 lb. ground beef
Plenty of salt, pepper, garlic powder and olive oil
1 T. brown sugar
Texas Pete hot sauce

Pour an ample amount of olive oil into a large non-stick skillet (enough to coat the bottom) and start to heat it up. While the oil is heating, dice the onions and peppers.  Once the oil is hot (veggies should sizzle when added), add the onions to the skillet and let them sweat for about a minute and then add in the peppers along with a large pinch of salt and pepper.  Let the mixture cook for about five minutes stirring frequently with a wooden spoon making sure they don't burn.  Once they are done, move them to the edges of the skillet so there is a gap in the middle and add in the ground beef to brown.  Cook for a few minutes and then add in all of the regular chili spice pack and about a third of the hot spice pack.  Stir until the veggies and the meat is well coated in the spice mixture.  Add in a few shakes of Texas Pete.  Lower the heat and add the cans of tomatoes and stir everything together until well incorporated.  Then add in the brown sugar and taste to make sure you don't need any additional seasonings.  Let it simmer, covered, on low heat for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure the bottom doesn't burn.  Serve with sour cream and cheese.

Unlike Stud gloated to Cookie, I did NOT concede victory, but I did admit that it was delicious.  The chili's were shockingly different, I had no idea the taste could vary so much.  This recipe has a very sweet start and then finishes with some heat and is also much saucier than my chili.  All very interesting.  And I did not help Stud one bit - he made this completely on his own.  The chili showdown was a great way to spend a snowy Saturday and the result was the BEST - two delicious batches of chili and some for the freezer.

Since Cookie knows Stud all too well, he did provide these educational chopping videos with his recipe which I thought you all might enjoy as well:
Onions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zr1ZQ94E-YA
Bell Pepper: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p82eSWnUcQg (for this recipe, they need to be diced smaller than this)

1 comment:

Blasi said...

jealous!! yum. i came in third place at a chili competition at work. first place was tumbleweed's white chili (someone snuck it in as a joke, but we know cheaters never really win).

i'm sure both of these were delicious.


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