Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Crock Pot Party & My New Favorite Chili

My cousin Edie had the BEST idea for a winter party - everybody bring your crock pot with your favorite wintery soup, chili, chowder, whatever in it AND BRING YOUR TUPPERWARE.  After everybody eats, divy up the dishes to take home, so you never eat the same leftover twice. And it tastes even better because somebody else made it!


Not only did we have a great time, we're still enjoying the spoils!  Enhancements to this party might be to assign desserts or side dishes like oyster crackers of just plain Saltines, or Fritos.  OR a crock-off contest and a vote to see whose recipe is the best. I really hope to have one of these in the future.  All the hostess might need is some paper bowls & spoons, shredded cheese, and chopped up green onions.

And Tabasco.

Though all the soups were delicious, my personal favorite was venison chili prepared by my cousin Trotter from his wife Laine's recipe.  I adored the new twist to chili, the different textures and colors contained in the same pot, and the fact that it's really good for you.  Though I never actually asked for the recipe, I went home and did like my grandmother Cha-Cha would - improvised until I came up with it!

Chili Chowder
Olive oil
1 head celery, chopped
2 onions, chopped
1 pound ground beef or turkey
1 13-16 ounce bigass sausage (beef or turkey), cut into bite-sized pieces
Chili powder to taste
1 large can crushed tomatoes
2 16 ounce cans diced tomatoes with chili seasoning
1 can light red beans, rinsed
1 can kernel corn, rinsed
Salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste

In a large pot, sautee the celery and onions in the olive oil.
Add the ground beef and sausage until browned and cooked through.
Add chili powder to taste.
Dump in the tomatoes, beans, corn, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Simmer as long as you want.

BAM.  Dinner.  Garnish with green onions, cheese, sour cream, Fritos, saltines, oyster crackers.....

And Tabasco.


Made by Lena