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Fall Means it’s Time for Dragon Chili

Dragon Chili

Dragon Chili

My tried and true recipe for chili.  It’s great in a bowl or in a baked potato. (serves approx. 10)

What you need:

  • 1lb Jimmy Dean Original/Regular Sausage
  • 1lb Ground Meat – Chili Grind is best but not mandantory
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 1 large onion – chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper – chopped
  • 2 cloves – minced OR 3 heaping Tblspns minced garlic
  • Optional – 1 Jalapeno pepper diced
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 cup Wine – Burgandy preferred but really, ANY will do
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 tsp celery seeds
  • 3 Tblspns Chili Powder
  • 2 LARGE cans Italian Pear Tomatoes/Whole Tomatoes
  • 1 can Pinto Beans (15 oz)
  • 2 cans Dark Red Kidney Beans (15 oz each) – (Do NOT use the creole/new orleans/cajun ‘style’ that has that groddy sauce in them!)
  • Papa Guys Seasoning
  • Kosher Salt
  • Shredded/Grated Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Optional – Baked Potato (1 per person)

What you do:

In a large Dutch Oven fry up those 6 slices of bacon, drain well and set aside; crumble up the Jimmy Dean Sausage and fry – breaking it apart as it cooks so it’s smallish, drain well and set aside; now crumble up the ground beef and fry, again, breaking it apart so it’s smallish, drain well and set aside;

Now, take your chopped onion, bell pepper, diced garlic and optional diced jalepeno and throw it in the dutch oven, saute 5 minutes, then stir in the mustard, celery seeds, and chili powder, simmer for 10 minutes.

Mash the tomatoes in a large bowl then pour into dutch oven with the vegetable spice mixture, along with the wine and worcestershire sauce, and meats. Heat to boiling, then reduce heat to simmer, now’s the time to bring your seasoning up to taste with the Papa Guys and the Kosher Salt, this is one of those things where measuring just doesn’t do the trick, but I’d start with a teaspoon or two of the Papa Guys and a tablespoon of the kosher salt; stir that in well and taste, add more seasoning if necessary, otherwise let that pot simmer for 30 minutes while you go check your email.  Pop back into the kitchen occasionally to stir.

When the timer goes ‘ding’ it’s time to add the three cans of beans (DO NOT DRAIN THE BEANS! ADD WITH THE LIQUID IN THE CAN). Stir those suckers in well and bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and continue stirring occasionally over the next 60 minutes as it simmers. (Now is when YOU go check your Facebook, email, and check the latest HBO Game of Thrones season two News & Updates)

Serve in bowls or fill hot baked potato;

Top with shredded cheese (I prefer cheddar) and a dollop of sour cream.

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