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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

It's Chili without you near...

dish: Wicker Park Chili
tunes: Tangerine by Led Zepplin

(no Macbooks were harmed)

The hardest part about being in a long distance relationship is the chill factor. Literally I am cold all the time. Nick was my personal heat blanket. I miss our daily snuggles and hearty laughs that we would have together. So what's a girl to do? Make a hearty chili! This is a receipe that @nick_king_ and I made together last summer.

We were so inspired by the Hispanic culture in our neighborhood (Wicker Park) that we decided to create a chili that would remind us of Chicago, forever. We added flavors like chorizo, cilantro and lime to our chili and it's just fabulous! Please enjoy with someone you love!

We shared the chili together over a silly iChat date! Love has no distance, especially with internet!

*all meat can be substituted with veggie faux ground beef. Lisa added 2Tbs of Smoked Tabasco sauce to her veggie-option to give it a *kick!

Wicker Park Chili
1 lb chorizo (or veggie substitute with 2TBS smoked Tabasco sauce)

1 whole lime

1 lb 80/20 ground beef (or veggie substitute)

¾ lbs stewing beef
28 oz can of peeled crushed tomatoes
28 oz can of tomato puree
1 can kidney beans
1 can black beans
2 cans chicken broth
1 jalepeno pepper
½ green pepper
3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 small Vidalia onion
3 garlic cloves
¼ cup fresh cilantro
salt/pepper to taste
1 ½ tbsp cumin
1 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp ancho chile powder
dash cinnamon
1 tsp oregano

Brown the meat w/ onions and garlic and strain grease when cooked. Add other veggies for 5 minutes, then add beans, tomatoes, puree and broth. Mix together, then add spices (except cilantro). Simmer for at least 2 hours. Season with salt and pepper every time new ingredients are added, then add as needed after first hour of simmering. Add cilantro 15 minutes before removing from heat. Squeeze whole lime and stir in. For best results, let chili cool, refrigerate overnight, then reheat and serve.

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