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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 JalapeƱo 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.

Stacy’s Guacamole

Guacamole isn’t my favorite dish, but people ask me to make them a batch from time to time and it is always a hit. It has a bit of a kick to it. Try it out and let me know what you think.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large Haas avocados
  • 1/2 large red onion, chopped (a white onion works well too)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, deseeded and diced
  • 4 Serrano chili peppers, chopped
  • 2 Jalapeno chili peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Cayenne pepper
  • 8 drops Tabasco sauce
  • zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 2 shots tequila
  • 1 lime wedge

Directions:

Stacy's Gaucamole

Stacy's Gaucamole

Ah, the easy part. Add peppers, bell peppers, onion, garlic in food processor. Mix until well blended. Add rest of ingredients reserving 1 shot of tequila, lime wedge and 1 teaspoon of salt. Lick the skin between your thumb and forefinger, then sprinkle salt onto the area. Using the same hand that contains the salt, hold the lime with thumb and index finger. Lick the salt, down the tequila, and bite the lime. Swish it around in your mouth for a couple of seconds and then swallow. Now mix rest of ingredients in the food processor until well blended and creamy. Serve with tortilla chips.

If there are more than one person in the kitchen, this recipe may require more tequila, salt and lime wedges.

Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Spicy Shrimp Rice

A really tasty dish, fairly easy to make.

Ingredients:

6 Scallops
6 Strips Bacon
Salt (Sea Salt is preferable)
Fresh ground pepper
Paprika
Olive oil
1/2 pound shrimp (30-40 count), shelled and deveined
1/2 Green bell pepper
1/2 Red bell pepper
1/2 White onion
2 Jalapenos peppers
2 Serrano peppers
2 Cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Cup white rice
2 Cups chicken broth
2 teaspoons of Louisiana style hot sauce (Tabasco recommended)

Directions:

Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Spicy Shrimp Rice

Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Spicy Shrimp Rice

For the rice. Chop onion and bell peppers each vegetable should yield about 1/2 cup. Remove the seeds and veins from jalapenos and Serrano’s, then chop. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat melt the butter. Add rice and cook 2-3 minutes. Stir frequently to avoid burning the rice. Add bell peppers, onion, jalapeno, Serrano and garlic to rice cook for 3-4 more minutes for vegetables to soften. Again stirring frequently. Add hot sauce and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 12 minutes. Add shrimp on top of rice cover and simmer for 6 more minutes. This will steam cook the shrimp. Shrimp is done when it is pink and firm. Remove from heat and mix the shrimp in with the rice.

Preheat oven broiler. Wrap the scallops with bacon and secure with a toothpick such that the toothpick extrudes on both sides.. In a shallow baking sheet, place the scallops and drizzle each with olive oil. Lightly season each scallop with salt, pepper and paprika. Place under the broiler and cook for 6-7 minutes. Remove and turn the scallops, this should be made simple by using both ends of each toothpick and season with salt, pepper and paprika. Cook for 6-7 more minutes until bacon is cooked through.

Plate the rice in a bed covering each plate about 1/2 inch thick. Add scallops and serve.

Universal Chimichurri

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Bison Rib-Eye with Chimichurri

Chimichurri … chim-EE-churrrrrrrr-EE … chiiimmmmm-ee-CHURY …CHIM-ee-CHEW-ree. It dances on your tongue, and just wait until you taste it!

No! It has nothing to do with Mary Poppins flying around England, hanging on the end of a silly umbrella!

Chimichurri is perhaps one of the most recognizable culinary exports of Argentina. Usually used as a sauce for various meats. It can, however, be used in many other applications. Think of it as general condiment much like ketchup, though always fresh and with a lot more flavor.

Ingredients:

Since this is “Universal” Chimichurri the ingredient list is rather vague, giving only a general idea of what to use. Feel free to experiment, add a little bit of this, take away a little of that.

A big bunch of green stuff (weeds)

  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Arugula
  • Green Onions

Smelly stuff

  • Garlic
  • Onion

Hot spicy stuff

  • Jalapeno
  • Serrano
  • Habanero
  • Cayenne

Sour/Acid stuff

  • Lemon juice
  • Lime juice
  • Some type of Vinegar

Oily Stuff

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Quaker State 10W40 (maybe not)

Extras

  • Herbs
  • Spices
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Bell Pepper

Directions:

Toss everything into a blender or food processor, blend until ingredients are well mixed. Make as chunky or smooth as you would like, I prefer a smooth sauce.

Notes:

This is a sauce that can be different every time you make it. Find proportions that work for you then refine it with each new batch.

If you come up with a really exceptional version please share!

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