Douglas' Christmas Chili
INGREDIENTS
  • Cooking Time: 60-120
  • Servings: 12-16
  • Preparation Time: 30
  • 2 Tbls Olive Oil
  • 1 Large onion
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 - 12oz package Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage
  • 1/2 cup red/white wine
  • 5-6 14oz cans of your favorite plain tomato sauce or homemade, of course
  • 4-5 cans of black beans
  • Splash of vinegar
  • 5-6 Tbls Chili powder (not mexican chili powder, but the traditional one with cumin, etc included)
  • 2 Tbls Dried Basil
  • 3 Tbls Oregano
  • PInch Red pepper flakes
  • Small pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
DIRECTIONS
  1. Finely chop onions and garlic (I use a food processor) then saute until lightly browned in the olive oil
  2. Add turkey and sausage and brown until no sign of pink
  3. Add red/white wine
  4. Cook until wine is absorbed
  5. (Here is where it goes a bit by look and feel. Add more sauce and beans if you want to make more chili and then adjust the spices accordingly)
  6. Add tomato sauce
  7. Add black beans
  8. Spoon up the meat, sauce and beans mixture and look at the ratio between the 3. You want to get a good mixture of all three in each spoonful.
  9. If needed, add more black beans
  10. Add splash of vinegar (under a tsp, probably. I have used everything from apple cider to balsamic, It just adds a little "tang" to the final taste.
  11. Spices:
  12. (again, taste this as you add the spices until you get taste you like)
  13. Bring pot up to boil and then turn down to low simmer
  14. Typically, it will cook down by about 1/3. The longer you simmer it, the better it tastes. It also tastes better the second day when you reheat it. (SMILE)
RECIPE BACKSTORY
Every Christmas, for our annual open house, I make a lots of cookies (80-90 doz) but I also make a huge pot of this chili (20 qts in 2009). It was originally designed to feed ourselves during the open house, but now it is as popular, if not more so, than the cookies. This recipe started off as one included with a crock pot I got when heading off to college in 1982 (The crockpot is still in use today!), but I have modified it extensively over the years. I serve this with extra sharp cheddar cheese. Some people like chopped onions on it. I usually eat this by itself the first day, then have it over some sort of pasta the next and then chili dogs after that. It freezes well so make as much as you want and then store it away in meal-sized containers for a quick dinners.