Just in time for game day, we’re sharing recipes for a great-for-groups food: chili. While chili tastes delicious served straight from the pot with your favorite fixings, you can also use it to smother some of your other favorite foods including Fritos, hot dogs and tortilla chips. So think outside a bowl of chili and try these creative options.
1. Baggy Nachos (pictured above)
For a party-ready hand-held treat, open a bag of corn chips and stuff with a chorizo and bean chili. Garnish with cheddar, sour cream, jalapenos and scallions.
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I’ve been making black bean chili for about 10 years now. It’s my go-to dish for the fall, especially when serving a crowd. But when I make it, I don’t call it “vegetarian chili,” even though it is. I think calling something vegetarian still freaks people out a little bit, as if it might have some scary mystery ingredient that vegetarians use to ward off meat-lovers and vampires, like TVP or tofu. Lots of dishes are technically vegetarian if you think about it; apple pie is meatless, but no one offers a slice of “vegetarian apple pie,” do they?
So to me, chili is chili. Sometimes it’s made with beef, sometimes chicken, sometimes just beans, and some recipes are loaded with vegetables like zucchini and carrots. Rachael Ray’s Meaty, Meat-less Chili is made with black beans and portobello mushrooms, plus traditional chili ingredients like cumin and hot peppers. It’s hearty, filling and comforting — perfect for a fall potluck or football party. No need to call it vegetarian chili, but you’re vegetarian friends will love it, and so will your meat-loving pals.
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A New Mexican Style chili with lots of beans at last weekend's Chili Fest in NYC.
Most Sunday afternoons, I’m happy to watch football with a bag of chips, but this Sunday is the Super Bowl and my team isn’t playing — sigh — so I’ll be paying a lot more attention to what’s on the menu.
When it comes to game-day eats, I’m usually partial to wings, but after attending NYC’s first annual Chili Fest last weekend, I can’t stop thinking about those hearty meat stews. It’s always a special occasion when twenty four well-known restaurants from around NYC get together to compete in an old fashioned chili cook-off, but with the big game coming up this weekend, I went looking for some inspiration.
Like pizza, styles and ingredients vary by region, and each region thinks it has the best recipe. Some swear by beans, some swear by pork — others use neither. You’ll find lots of beans in New Mexican chili, for example, but in Texas absolutely none.
In total, I tried eighteen different takes on the classic comfort food this past weekend. What did I learn from all that chili? Here, have a taste.
Continue Reading Countdown to Super Bowl: I’m Rooting for the Chili
Cold weather calls for a hot bowl of soup. And there’s nothing quite as satisfying as chili. Whether you’re a chili purist (focused on heat+meat), a vegetarian (it’s all about the beans), or an all-inclusive lover of the dish, we’ve got just the right recipe for you.
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Peanut butter is the secret ingredient in Roger Mooking's chicken wing marinade.
Now that the Christmas ham and insane amounts of holiday cookies are behind us, it’s time to veg out and watch some football. We’ve been in the kitchen cooking up a storm since Thanksgiving, so when it comes to game-time fare for watching your favorite team compete in a bowl game, it’s got to be quick, easy and feet-up-on-the-coffee-table casual…
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Fresh Okra - Photo Courtesy Souvlaki for the Soul
I love having a CSA. Every week, my farmer delivers fresh-picked tomatoes, peaches, herbs and as many squash as I can carry. But then, there’s the okra situation. For the last month, my CSA box has included a big bag of okra. “I hope you’re not tired of okra,” my farmer says each week. I vaguely smile. I’m not tired of okra — I’m stumped by it.
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We heart Homesick Texan's Frito Pie
Linkage we’re liking in the lead-up to Mother’s Day…