Monday, April 18, 2011

1AM trip to Walmart = Chili?!?!!?

I was at my parent's house on saturday night and I knew that I was planning on making the Sundried Tomato Risotto (recipe to come later this week!) on Sunday and I wanted to run to the 24hour Giant to grab some sundried mom said she didnt want to go, but for me to bring her back an popsicle. Me and my big mouth....I said "No popsicle unless you come with me!" So of course my mom comes with me, Giant turns out not to be 24 hours anymore, my mom has the bright idea that Walmart is 24 hours, we roam around the aisles of Walmart at 1am, my mom gets the bright idea that she wants me to make her chili,  and $100 worth of crap I don't need later.....I'm making Chili

This is some rocking chili--my brother and my best friend's brother once ate like 10lbs of meat of it in one make alot if you are feeding people who like to eat lols. I use turkey, rather than beef cuz my brother doesnt eat beef and so its less fattening :) I think the original recipe came from Cooking Light....but I adjust it whenever I make it is:


6  ounces  hot turkey Italian sausage
2  cups  chopped onion
1  cup  chopped green bell pepper
8  garlic cloves, minced
1  pound  ground sirloin (I replace this with ground turkey)
1  jalapeño pepper, chopped (I usually dont add this, but i will add about a teaspoon of     ground chipotle and or cayenne pepper
2  tablespoons chili powder
2  tablespoons  brown sugar
1  tablespoon  ground cumin
3  tablespoons  tomato paste
1  teaspoon  dried oregano
1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
1/4  teaspoon  salt
2  bay leaves
1 1/4  cups  Merlot or other fruity red wine
2  (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped
2  (15-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained
1/2  cup  (2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Heat a large dutch oven/pot over medium-high heat. 
  2. Remove casings from sausage. 
  3. Add sausage, onion, and the next 4 ingredients (onion through jalapeño) to pan; cook 8 minutes or until meat is browned, stirring to crumble.
  4. Add chili powder and the next 7 ingredients (chili powder through bay leaves), and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. 
  5. Stir in wine, tomatoes, and kidney beans; bring to a boil. 
  6. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  7. Uncover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Discard the bay leaves. 
  9. Sprinkle each serving with cheddar cheese.


  1. This is the one you made when we went camping, right? Soooo good. It was good by itself, over the hot dog, and the next day...over eggs, and over ramen!!! Slurp. Damn. Now I'm hungry.

  2. A pot of chili costs $100??? Or u bought other stuff?

  3. Yep. the one I made for camping :) i made like a giant pot of sure warren and my mom will eat it all before the week is out tho....

    @goosey: I bought other stuff too....but this was a rather expensive chili too...prob at least $25.....had to buy alot of meat and it wasnt on sale :P