Lee Lee’s Chili
Well I have outdone myself! I was tired of the normal ground pork dishes I normally cook so i put my creative hat on. This one’s a keeper for sure!
This chili doesn’t have the normal beans it, no sir! I can’t say enough about organic food! So much more depth of flavor! I bought the pinto beans from Trader Joe’s and the garbanzos and black eyed peas from Eden Foods.
Most people use cumin in their chili. i am definitely not a big fan of cumin. These two chiles are my secret weapon in a lot of dishes. The Ancho Chile Powder is a dried poblano with a medium heat and smoky flavor. The Guajillo Chile Powder is a more mild chile with a little tanginess to it. They both add a great flavor to the chile.
Here’s the recipe if you want to try it out. Let me know how it goes!
6 slices thick bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 cloves organic garlic, finely chopped
2 medium organic yellow onions, finely chopped
3 tbs chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tbs ancho chili powder
1 tbs guajillo chile powder
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound ground pork
1 (15-ounce) can organic pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-ounce) can organic garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-ounce) can organic black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 (24-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juice
2 cups vegetable broth
Garnishes: Lime wedges, sour cream, Shredded Cheddar, Sliced scallions
In large heavy-bottomed Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat until lightly crisp, stirring occasionally. Once the bacon is browned, add the garlic, onions, and spices. Cook until the vegetables are tender and seasonings are aromatic. Add the pork and break it up with a wooden spoon until browned. Stir in the vegetable broth, diced tomatoes and beans. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for an hour. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper, if necessary. Transfer the chili to serving bowls and garnish with lime wedges, sour cream, shredded cheese, and sliced scallions.
My best friend, Dee, makes buttermilk pancakes for her family almost every morning. I took her recipe and modified it a tad. My husband asks