Snowed In Chili

DC has been hit by two feet of snow, so Hubby and I have been hanging out, and alternating trips outside to play in the snow with the pup or shovel.  But when it is this chilly outside, and you have absolutely no where to go, it is a day for chili making! This is what I made today to keep us warm!

  • 2 lbs ground sirloin (I would have gone w/ ground turkey, but by the time I got to a grocery store, they were pretty much out of food. So I actually used ground beef)
  • 1pk McCormick's Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 1/2 lb portobello mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 lb other mushrooms (I used white ones from my CSA box)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • one red onion, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 7 or 8 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Worcestershire, to taste (I just free-poured; I love this stuff)
  • 4 canned chipotle peppers in adobo.  Chop a few of the peppers, and then toss in some of the sauce. Don't use the whole can.  4 peppers added a wonderful burn
  • ground cumin to taste
  • bottle of beer - all I had was MGD, but any darker beer would also be great
  • 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 24-oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 C stock
  • 3 Tbs fresh thyme leaves

Heat a large pot over hight heat.  Add a little olive oil, then toss in the ground meat.  Pour in the entire packet of the Steak seasoning.  Brown and crumble the meat, for about 4 or 5 minutes, then transfer the meat to a bowl

Return the pot to the stove, but reduce heat to medium, and add a little more olive oil.  Toss in the mushrooms.  These are best roughly chopped, so they are in bite-sized chunks.   Sautee these for a few minutes, then add in the onion, pepper, and garlic.  Let these all heat up for about 5-6 minutes, until they start to soften.  Toss the meat back into the pan.

Here's the fun part.  I'm sure there were real measurements for these things, but I ignored them.  Pour in a bunch of Worcestershire sauce.  Then chop up a few of the canned peppers, 2 for taste, 3-4 for a proper kick.  I also added in some of the adobo sauce for extra heat.  It's a mellow heat, but I have 2 feet of snow outside, so heat is good.  Shake some cumin over the whole pot.  Stir, then use the beer to deglaze the pot, and let this simmer for a bit, to reduce the liquid.

Then add in the black beans, tomatoes, stock, and thyme.  Simmer and serve with either MGD, as this is beer drinking chili, or with Erath, a wonderful Oregon Pinot.  Cuddle with your sweetie, and enjoy the snow!