Wednesday, March 12, 2008

mas chili, por favor!

Dinner for the kids last night was hot dogs with chili and it used up the last of my big batch of chili. So this morning, before school started, I commenced to making another big batch of chili so that I can have perfect-sized portions available at all times in the freezer. Chili is one of those things, like soup, stew and pasta sauce, that I never make the same way twice. This time I actually wrote it down, although I totally forgot until just now that I should have taken pictures! I did just now take some after shots.

So here's the latest recipe for Natalie's Homemade Chili
3/4 lb frozen shredded beef (seasoned w/ taco seasoning when first made from a Pikes Peak Roast from Finca Pura Vida back in August)
1/2 lb uncooked ground beef from Finca Pura Vida
1 15 oz can Eden organic black beans
1 15 oz can Eden organic garbanzo beans
1 15 oz can Westbrae organic salad beans
1 15 oz can Natural Value organic refried pinto beans
1 28 oz can Muir Glen organic whole peeled tomatoes (seasoned w/ basil)
1 15 oz can Muir Glen organic fire roasted diced tomatoes w/ green chilies
8 0z Pace organic mild salsa
1/2 c frozen chopped organic celery tops (from Finca Pura Vida Dec 2006)
2 c frozen chopped organic sweet peppers (from Finca Pura Vida July 2007)
1 1/2 lbs frozen chopped organic ayote squash (from FPV Nov 07)
3/4 c fresh minced organic onion greens from the backyard
a boatload of organic cumin powder
a boatload of dried organic oregano
about 3 Tbs of minced garlic
1 1/4 c minced fresh organic cilantro from FPV
NO added salt or pepper
I cooked it on the stove at 4 then 3 then Lo for 2 hours at which point, after giving the kids and myself a taste test, it was determined by Paul to be PERFECT!
Now I have to let it cool off enough so that I can bag it up to chill it down so I can freeze it and store it.

In getting the peppers and shredded beef out of the chest freezer, I noticed that I still had a whole chicken in there so I took that out and it's sitting out thawing for 'I don't know what' for dinner tonight. Maybe I'll make a chicken casserole. Oh, I've got everything to make another King Ranch Casserole so maybe that's what it'll be.


Colorful & Hip Designs said...

YUM! I'm going to give your chili recipe a try! My family LOVES chili minus my 15 yr old daughter. LOL Thanks for sharing!

catherine said...

This sounds excellent and love the organic cooking! Feel free to submit your recipes to me on I'd love to use this one, if you don't mind.