My Future Award Winning Chili

My (future) Award Winning Chili

I made chili for the first time EVER! In the past I would just eat chili out of the can or have Tanya Brown (winner of multiple Best Chili Awards) make me some. With the weather dropping in Charleston to a very cold 55 degrees, I was craving chili and wanted to make some for my husband. So I went on Pinterest and searched for the perfect recipe….or the first one that popped up!

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Click Here to see the Original Recipe 

I printed out the recipe and went to the store with my husband to get all the goodies and have a lovely day off of slow cooking chili (I took a day off to spend with Jim since he was in town) …on my way out of the store I remembered I signed up to do a Toys For Tots drop off event from noon to two at Hendrick Hyundai. Luckily it was only 10:30 so I had time to get home and get the chili started BUT I had to tweak it just a little bit.

Here is my twist on the chili recipe

My (future) Award Winning Chili
My (future) Award Winning Chili

Season the pork with sugar, salt, pepper, & onion powder, then add the meat to the crockpot, add the beer, then cover and leave it on high for about 3 hours.

1 (2.5 pound) pork roast
2 tablespoons Domino’s sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
8 ounces of beer (Blue Moon Cinnamon Horchata Ale)

Apron

After the meat has been in the crock pot for about 2.5 hours, throw on a cute apron and start on the rest of the deliciousness in a big pot on the stove on a low heat.

My (future) Award Winning Chili
My (future) Award Winning Chili

2 garlic cloves, minced
1 shallot, diced
1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1/2 orange bell pepper, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1 (28-ounce) can tomato puree
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 (14-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup tomato paste
4 tablespoons chili powder
2 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon McCormick Hot Mexican-Style Chili Powder
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Let them simmer for a few hours (I did about an hour and a half) then shred and add the meat and the beer that is left in the crock pot. Stir around and let simmer until you are ready to eat. The longer it simmers…the better it tastes.

When it’s time to eat it add some sour cream, grated cheese, sliced green onions or chives, and fresh cilantro.

Chili Fully Loaded
Chili Fully Loaded

It was super delicious BUT Jim & I like things super hot. Next time I make it I’ll add a little bit of cayenne pepper to spice it up a bit.

While your waiting for the chili to come together might I suggest a cheese plate, fire, and The Walking Dead! It makes for a great date night!

Walking Dead Finale, cheese, & a fire while chili is simmering on the stove. It’s the perfect last day with my man.

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