Once in a while, as in about once a year, I get this insane craving for Chili Con Carne
For some reason, it usually coincides with the presentation of the Super Bowl and it’s almost become a tradition that we should eat Chili Con Carne on Super Bowl Sunday in this household.
After seeing it (more like staring at it for several veeeeery long minutes), I knew there was no way I was gonna last so long and wait all the way until Super Bowl week-end to have my bowl of chili.
Sadly, I’m afraid this bowl you’re looking at is now long gone…
Looks like Super Bowl will have to settle for pizza this year. Home made, Ground Beef and Green Olive Pizza is what I have in mind… Not a bad replacement, if you ask me!
Now, to be honest, as much as I wanted to try Natalie’s recipe, I had a serious craving for my good ole faithful, tried tested and true recipe so I decided to stick to it and make it once again. I’d even posted it earlier, but I felt a little revamp really wouldn’t hurt…
What can I say? I’m so super satisfied with this recipe, so as they say, why fix it if it ain’t broke?
There is only one thing that I did different this time around. Instead of using ground chicken, I cut it into bite size chunks. That much was inspired by Natalie’s version. Oh, how I appreciated biting into those large pieces of meaty chicken! They added so much texture and substance to the dish. Plus, you get to taste it that much more.
If there is one thing that I would change, it would be to add mushrooms to it. Big chunks of beefy, chewy mushrooms. Not whole, but BIG. Maybe quartered. That oughta do the trick.
Now, call me weird, but I LOVE to garnish my chili with shredded iceberg lettuce. What? You’ve never tried it? Oh, you have no idea what you’re missing out on. You HAVE to give this a try.
And you know what? I had never realized before now just how truly healthy chili happens to be. I really don’t think I’ll be waiting for Super Bowl to get here again before I make another batch.
It might even become a regular for me. What a perfect lunch this would make.
It’s highly portable, very easy to reheat and will keep you satisfied for a very long time.
I’m all for that!