This year, our neighborhood held a chili cook off and costume contest. Let's talk about chili first. I love chili, but it's hard to find a perfect bowl sometimes. So a few years ago, I made my own recipe and have been tweaking it ever since. I decided this would be the year to introduce my creation to the neighbors. I'm glad I did. I won! In honor of my achievement, I'm sharing my recipe with the world. Take it, enjoy it, share it. I won't mind a bit. If you make money off it, give me credit.
Jamie's (Award Winning!) Chili
1 Pound Bacon chop into 1/2" pieces and fry
1 Pound Ground Sausage
2 Each Onion, chopped
7 Clove Garlic, minced
1 Each Green Pepper, chopped coarsely chopped
1 Each Red Pepper coarsely chopped
1 Pound Tri Tip Steak smoked and cubed
1 Pound Turkey Breast smoked and cubed
2 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
2 Squirt Honey or 3
30 Ounce Tomato Sauce
30 Ounce Tomatoes, diced do not drain
2 1/2 Tablespoon Cumin Seed, ground
2 Tablespoon Chili Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1 Teaspoon Oregano
15 Ounce Black Beans drain and rinse
15 Ounce Chili Beans DO NOT DRAIN
Combine first 6 ingredients in Crock pot and set to "low" until sausage is cooked, then set to "keep warm."
Add smoked meat and set for "keep warm" overnight.
Add rest of ingredients and simmer on stove (unless it fits in the Crock pot) so ingredients can infuse into each other.
There it is. It's that easy. I also made some dutch oven cornbread as a side dish. That recipe isn't my own, so I won't share it here. This is how everything looked:
Now, for the really cool part. Our family went to see Tron: Legacy this past winter on IMAX 3D. It was the first 3d movie I had seen in the theatre, and it was a lot of fun. My kids enjoyed it so much, they asked if they could be Tron characters for Halloween. They designed their costumes, my wife did the sewing, and I added a few final touches(including the technical headache work of all the lights).
They won the costume contest! I'm sorry the photos aren't great. The costumes look so much cooler in the dark, so that's where we took them. We also added some light to our Suburban window, to complete the effect.
However you celebrate Halloween, I hope that you enjoy it. We are so far.