Saturday, June 22, 2013

Cameraman Dave's Chili

So the other day, Cameraman Dave stepped in front of the lens to flex his cooking skills.  He loves chili and he makes a darn good one!  Veering from the traditional kidney bean version, this one uses black beans and corn.  It's so simple, this could be a Brain-Dead Thursday recipe!
Also below is a recipe for a spice mix that is great for either tacos, chili or even popcorn!  It does have some bite so if you are the sensitive type, reduce the black pepper to 1 t and omit the cayenne and/or red chili flakes.  You can always add heat later. 
If you're feeling lazy to make the blend, you can use a ready made package blend - there is no shame in that!  Or, even simply, add a few tablespoons of chili powder, a T of cumin with some salt and granulated garlic or a clove of the real stuff.
I'm so proud of Cameraman Dave for not only making this with his own little paws but he also took the pictures himself :-)
It was delicious and a real treat to come home to after a long day's work!
Here's what you'll need:
                            1 pound lean ground beef
                            2 cans (540 each), chopped tomatoes (not drained)
                            1 can (540 ml)black beans (drained and rinsed)
                            1 can (341 ml) corn kernels (drained and rinsed)
                            1 medium onion, chopped
                            1 medium pepper, diced
                            3 T "magic mix" as Dave calls it!
"Magic Mix" aka Taco and Chili Seasoning
                            4 T chili powder
                            2 T ground cumin
                            1 T black pepper
                            3 t sea salt
                            2 t paprika
                            1 t dried oregano
                            1 t granulated garlic
                            1 t onion powder
                            1 t crushed red chili pepper flakes
                            1/4 t cayenne pepper
                            Mix together thoroughly.
                            Store in an airtight jar.
Fry beef over medium heat, breaking it up with a spoon.
Cook until most of the pinkness is gone.

Transfer meat to a big pot.

In the same frying pan, add 2 T of oil.

Fry onions over medium high about 3 minutes.

 Add peppers to onions and fry for about another 3 minutes until onion is soft and peppers are tender.

Add veggies to pot...

Add beans...

Add corn...

Add canned tomatoes, 1 cup water & 3 T spice mix.
Cover.  Simmer on medium low about 15 minutes.
Check seasoning.  Add more "magic mix" to taste.

The final yummy product!
Top with cheddar and sour cream...
Enjoy with some hot buttered corn bread and
the "cerveza" of your choice!