They announce at Church that they are hosting a Chili Cook–off the day after my birthday it is a fund-raiser for some charity–do I want to enter….YES PLEASE!
My mind starts to race…I think spicy, chicken..I even consider “Wisconsin Chili” (Cheddar Cheese Soup with Brats floating!) I then remember the timeless wisdom of KISS….Keep it simple stupid! I made vats and vats of Chili for the annual hunting crew…so I am gonna be real–I am gonna be me! I am the best cook in my kitchen!….I make a spot on my mantle for the trophy…..It is mine!!!!
We get to the church–Chili all registered….there are these Manna Packs and pictures and video to watch. Then I remember this isn’t just the unveiling of what I think is the perfect bowl of Chili (a divine marriage of heat, sweet, spice and meat!) 100 percent of the proceeds are going to some feed-the-hungry thing…….
Then I see them…on the video…..these hairless little boys with bloated tummies and ribs showing, thrilled to get a cup of soy enriched rice once a day……I have these 3 boys at home that can polish off a gallon or 2 of milk each day. 3 eggs, bacon and oatmeal and oranges are often breakfast. They claim to be hungry if they haven’t eaten in an hour. I hear on the video clip stories of parents giving their children dirt to eat to fill the void so they can sleep….. I am convicted, I am so blessed, I am humbled.
I didn’t win the trophy (I am still convinced that it might be due to hanging chads) but I did come away with this desire to help, this need to impress upon my children knowledge of the suffering in this world and a sense of gratitude for my Country, my Family and my God.
Here is a link to http://www.fmsc.org
and my Chili Recipe…..
I hope you come away grateful for what you have today.
a few table spoons of olive oil
2 lb ground venison (Yes you can use beef!)
1 can Chopotle in adobo (whirl it in the blender!)
1 lg onion chopped
4 cloves garlic
4 tablespoons Chili Powder (I use mild) There is heat in the Choptle and I don’t like a runny nose when I eat!
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp cumin
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 pinch red chili flake
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 4 oz can tomato paste
1 box beef broth
1 16 oz can tomato sauce
1 8 oz can dark red kidney beans
1 8 oz can light red kidney beans
1 8 oz can great northern or white beans
14 oz can fire roasted diced green chilies
Brown your ground meat with 1/2 onion (nuttin better!) in the olive oil in a large stock pot or dutch oven. Remove and drain, add all the Bambi back in the pot. Sprinkle the spices and toss a bit. Now your can of tomato paste…..work in in and brown a bit til you smell tomato. Toss the other half of the onion and garlic into the pot. Deglaze with the beef stock–stir until combined. Now your tomato sauce and beans. I add the Chipotle a teaspoon at a time, give it a bit of time to mix. I added 3 to get it just right for me. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer at least an hour…..the longer the better!
Into the slow cooker and off to Church I go!