Thursday, February 11, 2016

Chili (and Other Super Bowl Food), February 7, 2016

To me, Super Bowl food is automatically chili and appetizers. I was surprised to see friends saying they were making things like lasagna soup for the festivities! Don't get me wrong, I would definitely like to try lasagna soup! However, for the Super Bowl, I love chili. I am not much of a fancy chili person and I tend to like my semi-homemade chili best of all. It reminds me of my grandmom's chili, which we always ate with saltine crackers. I still like them on my chili, but am willing to go with tortilla chips or other toppings. My wife is happiest if there is also shredded cheese and sour cream available.

For my chili, I brown some ground beef. Sometimes, I use a bit of chili powder here, a dash of cayenne there, some cumin tossed in for good measure. Other times, I just throw in the McCormick chili seasoning envelope. When the beef is browned, I add a can of chili-ready diced tomatoes, a jar of Newman's Own medium salsa, and a can of dark red kidney beans. Sometimes, chopped onions & garlic. Then, I heat it through. Easy, tasty, and I am wishing I had a bowl of it right now.

I also contributed some guacamole. I like my guac very, very plain---just roughly mashed avocados (I use a molcajete), lime juice, and a little garlic salt.

Jeannene made 2 kinds of chicken wings, a Velveeta/Ro*Tel/group beef dip, a Buffalo chicken dip, and I don't know what all else. It was quite the spread!

4 comments:

MorMor Lenore Schaffnit said...

Yum! We like chili on Superbowl night too. Our daughter makes Buffalo chicken dip and I love that too, but we were just the 2 of us, so chili was perfect. Ramsey likes his with saltines, and I like mine with tortilla chips. Mine is easy to make, too: 1 lb of ground beef, 1 onion chopped and sauteed in the fat after the beef browns, 2-3 cloves of garlic (crushed). I add a package of chili seasoning AND 3-4 teaspoons of chili powder, 1 tsp cumin and some cayenne, which gets stirred in and "bloomed" with the meat/onion mix for a couple of minutes. When I can smell the spices, I dump in 1 can black beans (undrained), 1 can chili beans (undrained), 1 can drained corn, 1 can drained garbanzo beans, 1 can diced tomatoes or stewed tomatoes, 1 small can tomato sauce. Stir and simmer to blend the flavors for 10-15 minutes. We like grated cheddar cheese and sour cream on top. It makes a ton, and we enjoy it for several meals.

Justine Schrein said...

Love my Chilli with Cheez Its or oyster crackers. This makes me hungry! We did homemade pizzas, taco dip and our own potato chips. So good!

Justine Schrein said...

Love my Chilli with Cheez Its or oyster crackers. This makes me hungry! We did homemade pizzas, taco dip and our own potato chips. So good!

Daria Schaffnit said...

Lenore, I'll have to try yours. I love the idea of all the different beans! Justine, Cheez-Its! That's brilliant! Will try! Your meal sounds great, as well. By "our own" potato chips, do you mean you make them from scratch?