Canned heat…


I don’t do recipes often. I cook by instinct and improvisation – like jazz. Even more rarely will I actually post a recipe I have created. Yesterday though, I came up with a good one. I needed a quick fix to a last minute invitation to dinner at a friend’s house. I chose chili.

Ordinarily when I make chili I use whole dried beans, fresh peppers, fresh chiles, and fresh tomatoes. Since I had just a few minutes to assemble this before leaving my home for the day, I went the canned route for all my ingredients with the exception of the onion which must always be fresh.

What you’ll need:
2- 15oz. cans white kidney beans
1- 15oz can black beans
2- Cinnamon sticks (I used one for this batch and it was not enough)
1- 20oz. can crushed tomatoes
1- 7oz. can El Pato brand Salsa de Chile Fresco – THIS BRAND IS ESSENTIAL FOR GENERATING THE HEAT
1- 7oz. can Embassa brand roasted chipotle peppers – THIS BRAND IS ESSENTIAL FOR GENERATING THE HEAT
1- 4oz. can diced chiles – mild
1- 4oz. can diced jalapenos – hot
1 red onion, finely diced
2lbs. carne asada – cut in 1” cubes

Sometimes, cans can-do...

Sometimes, cans can-do…

Step 1: Rinse beans thoroughly in a colander
Step 2: Put all ingredients in a Crock Pot set to high for 45 minutes to an hour
Step 3: Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 7-8 hours

Set to low heat and spend the day elsewhere...

Set to low heat and spend the day elsewhere…

I felt like I was slumming it a bit by using mostly canned ingredients. Turned out to be some of the best and hottest chili I have ever made. The carne asada cubes shredded easily to the bite, the flavor was robust, and the Embassa chipotles gave it some great heat. I added no spices or seasonings beyond the ingredients listed.

If you’re looking for a reasonably healthy, tasty food that offers a fair little punch to the taste buds, this might be a good one to add to the buffet table for your Super Bowl party.

Calories per serving: Depends on the serving size.
Protein: Really…?
Carbohydrate: Who cares!
Sugar: Very little.
Fat: Get over yourself.

All healthy ingredients, so just keep the portion size reasonable and you’ll be fine.

“Preparing food is one of more important aspects of the human condition. Over eating that same food is one of the worst aspects.” Me

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