So, funny thing about my family, we don’t follow football at all. Like not at all. But, despite not following football at all, we still have Superbowl traditions. Like watching the last 10 minutes of the game so my dad knows what everyone is talking about at work the next day. And eating chips and dip because we will always take up an opportunity for eating chips and dip. And our best tradition of all, eating homemade chili.
My mom has a basic chili recipe that she likes to modify with additions each time and every time it’s delicious, but like I said, the recipe changes slightly each time so it’s hard for me to tack down exactly what makes her chili so delicious. Then there’s Jimmy. And Jimmy, well he’s serious about his chili. Last year, during Superbowl Weekend, we started experimenting to create the ultimate, thick, chunky, meat-y, spicy, and all around best chili ever.
This magnificent bowl was the result of that experimentation. (Actually this picture is from round 2 when we recreated it for my family. But it was just as amazing as the first time around. Also, that silver glistening thing on the right side is a spoon just FYI)
Cheese and chili. It’s pretty much a must. Sour cream, optional. Tortilla chips, optional. Cornbread, well almost optional. But cheddar cheese. Nope, not optional. REQUIRED.
Jimmy & Claire’s Beef Chili
2 lbs Ground Beef
1 lb Stew Meat
1 Yellow Onion, diced
6 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 28oz can Crushed Tomatoes
2 6oz cans Tomato Paste
1 Habañero Pepper, diced
4 Seranno Peppers, diced
4 Jalapeños, diced
1 beer (your choice)
2 Bouillon Cubes (+ 3 – 4 cups water, depending on the brand of bouillon cubes)
3 cans Kidney Beans
2 McCormick Chili Seasoning Packages
3 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Shredded Cheddar Cheese for Topping
Optional: Sour Cream, Tortilla Chips, your favorite cornbread :]
In a large pot (or my favorite, a cast iron pot like this one from Martha Stewart), heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and brown the ground beef and stew meat, seasoning each side with salt and pepper. Add the onion, garlic, and peppers. Sprinkle the chili seasoning packets and cocoa powder over the mixture, stirring well to combine. Cook over medium heat until the onions are translucent/soft and the peppers are beginning to wilt. Add the beer. In a cup, combine the bouillon cubes with their recommended amount of water per cube, dissolving the cube into the water. Add this mixture to the pot. Stirring to combine. Add the crushed tomatoes, with their liquid, along with the tomato paste and kidney beans to the pot. Stir well to combine. Over high heat, allow the chili to come to a boil. Skim off any foam that rises to the surface. Reduce the heat and allow the chili to simmer for 2 – 3 hours. At this point the chili should be nice and thick, and the stew meat should be fork tender. The longer it simmers, the more the flavors will meld together.
Serve warm with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions, tabasco, tortilla chips, cornbread, or whatever are your favorite chili toppings!
Note: We prefer nice chunks of the stew meat left in the chili, but if you want smaller bites, shred the chunks a bit by taking two forks and pulling the pieces apart, or using a potato mashed to push them down – the meat will fall apart.
Here’s a list of a few other game day tasties that I think we will try out this year:
Armadillo Tails from Kris at Young Married Chic/Sausage Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers with Bacon from Chrissy at So Delushious (same recipe, different pictures – Chrissy’s are more like how I imagine mine will probably turn out lol)
Buffalo Bleu Cheese Fries from Tina at My Life as a Mrs. (Buffalo sauce, waffle fries, bleu cheese, chicken, and then more cheese?!?! YES PLEASE!)
Roasted Green Bean “Fries” from How Sweet Eats (I know I know, I’m obsessed with roasted vegetables. My family is over it, but I’m still not! Roasted vegetables just have such a great flavor!)
That’s all for now. I’m determined to make the Sausage Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers even if nothing else pans out. I’ve been wanting to make those for a while. Come on, sausage, bacon, cream cheese, jalapeños – why wouldn’t you want to make those?
What are your recipe plans for SuperBowl Sunday? I’d love to hear suggestions – game day food is always delicious and we know I love an excuse to make some good appetizers!