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Slow Cooker HOT Texas Chili

HOT Texas Chili

HOT Texas Chili

I love a great chili. I have participated in many chili cook-offs, but rarely place because I like my chili HOT. If you can’t take the heat stay out of the kitchen. The following is my basic chili recipe minus my 3 secret ingredients. When you make chili you always need to have a secret ingredient or three. I have different recipes based on the method of cooking, this one is for a 6 hour slow cooker. Of course you can substitute different chili’s and spices to taste.

I find that adding sweet tends to allow people to take the heat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground chuck (80/20), large grind preferred
  • 1 pound chorizo, large grind preferred
  • 1/2 pound diced chuck (1/4 inch cubes)
  • Chilies
    • 3 Serrano chilies, chopped
    • 4 Thai chilies, chopped
    • 2 Red Habanero, chopped
    • 3 Red Hot Holland chilies, chopped
    • 3 Red Fresno chilies, chopped
    • 1 Poblano chili, chopped
    • 2 Red Dulce Mediteraneo chilies, chopped
    • 3 Jalapeño chilies, chopped
    • 2 dried New Mexico chilies, whole
    • 2 dried Cascabel chilies, whole
  • Spices
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons Kosher or Sea Salt
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh ground pepper
    • 1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder (I use my own blend)
    • 1 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
    • 1 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon paprika
    • 3/4 tablespoon fennel seed
    • 1/2 tablespoon ground cayenne
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 fennel bulb, chopped
  • 8 clove garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 28 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • Secret ingredients 1 (H), 2 (O) and 3 (T)

Directions:

Add wine and tomatoes to slow cooker set on low. Brown chuck, chorizo and diced chuck. Add to slow cooker undrained. Mix well. Prepare onion, fennel, garlic and chilies, add and stir in to slow cooker. Add spices and mix well. At about the 2 hour mark add brown sugar and mix well. Slow cook for 6 hours on low.

Serve in deep bowl with crackers and beer.

A nice spin to this dish is to add 1/2 to 3/4 pound of diced peeled deviened shrimp in the last hour of cooking.

Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster is a traditional New Orleans dessert. Created by Paul Blangé at Brennan’s Restaurant in 1951, it is still served in many fine restaurants around the world. Some recipes call for rum, but there is no “Rum Street” in New Orleans to my knowledge, so use bourbon.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3-4 bananas, peeled and cut into coins
  • 3 teaspoons fresh ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup bourbon (Makers Mark recommended)
  • 1/4 cup banana liqueur (Banana 99 recommended)
  • 1/2 gallon Butter Pecan ice cream

Directions

Bananas Foster being flambéd

Bananas Foster being flambéd

In small pan, mix bourbon and banana liqueur and gently warm it. Melt butter and and then add sugar  sugar in a medium pan. Add bananas and pecans. Saute until bananas become tender (2-3 minutes). Sprinkle with the cinnamon. Pour the bourbon/liqueur over the bananas and flambé. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon cinnamon in to flame. Serve with the ice cream and sprinkle with remaining  cinnamon.

Fresh Cinnamon Mango/Habanero Chutney

Cinnamon Mango/Habanero Chutney over Bone-In Pork Chop

Cinnamon Mango/Habanero Chutney over Bone-In Pork Chop

Rather simple recipe for a fresh habanero and mango chutney. Great on pork and most fish. Caution VERY spicy.

Ingredients:

2 cups diced Mangos (2 small)
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 Habaneros, finely chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon ground pepper
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoons corn starch

Prep:

Cut mangos with a mango slicer, or into halves with a chef knife to either side of the seed. Use a spoon to remove the skin from the fruit. Dice mango into 1/4 to 3/8 inch squares.

Directions:

Cinnamon Mango/Habanero Chutney on Pan Fried Tilapia

Cinnamon Mango/Habanero Chutney on Pan Fried Tilapia

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and habaneros. Saute for two minutes. Add the mango, salt, pepper, cinnamon  and paprika. Saute for an additional 2 minutes. Add vinegar, wine and brown sugar sugar and bring to a boil. Cook for an additional 10-12 minutes until wine and vinegar are almost completely reduced, stirring constantly. Add corn starch and mix until well blended. Remove from the heat and cool. Store in an airtight container.

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