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Chili to Warm Your Bones

October 21, 2009

Why didn’t the skeleton dance at the Halloween party? Because he had no body to dance with. So, he ate chili instead.

Chili Con Turkey Meat

This slightly varied recipe is from the Indian River Cuisine cookbook which (we speculate) dates back to 1979. Cuz I got it from my mama.

  • EVOO
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 chopped yellow onions
  • 1 lb turkey burger
  • 1 lb turkey sausage
  • 1 28 oz. can of tomatoes
  • 1 6 oz. can of tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 16 oz. cans of kidney beans (drained)

Chop up the garlic and onion. Heat up a dutch oven or big-ass pot to medium-high. Throw on some EVOO. Toss in the onion and garlic. Sauté for 4-5 minutes. By the way, do you know what a skeleton’s favorite entrée is? Spare ribs.

Add the turkey burger and turkey sausage. Cook until the meat is somewhat brown, Benjamin Moore’s Wheeling Neutral if that’s your fancy. Add the can of tomatoes, tomato paste and next six seasonings. Let the chili simmer for about an hour and a half. Add the kidney beans. Let it simmer for another thirty minutes. Taste.

Serve with cheese and sour cream. Depending upon where you reside, serve on top of rice, potatoes, tortilla chips or pasta. Pair it with the Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest. Go to the skeleton’s church. Be aware, it doesn’t have any organs.

“Bone” appetite!

How do you make your chili? Please share. Let the skeletons from your recipe closet run free.

one big ass pot

one big ass pot

 

not to be mistaken for fake vomit ... are you salivating yet?

not to be mistaken for fake vomit ... are you salivating yet?

 

If you see this at a pawn shop, trade it in for that ol' trom-"bone." Because you know you'll never get around to taking those lessons you keep yapping about.

If you see this at a pawn shop, trade it in for that ol' trom-"bone." Because you know you'll never get around to taking those lessons you keep yapping about.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Alice permalink
    October 21, 2009 7:20 pm

    I hope that ain’t all the chili you made. That ain’t enuf.

    • ehagood permalink*
      October 21, 2009 7:26 pm

      I doubled the recipe. It serves 20 so hopefully we won’t die of starvation from lack of chili.

  2. Becky permalink
    October 21, 2009 9:34 pm

    I like big pots and I cannot lie….

  3. April 11, 2010 2:25 pm

    Hi Evie,

    Just came across your website this morning and it AWESOME!

    I am in search of a copy of the Indian River Cusine Cookbook–any idea where one could be obtained? Inow have my late mother’s copy also, which I had given her many years ago when I purchased it from Indian River Community College here in Ft. Pierce, FL. Have searched high and low for a resource but to no avail.

    By the way are you Greek?
    Thank you for your reply.
    Barb

    • ehagood permalink*
      April 16, 2010 1:53 am

      Thank you so much for reading! It looks like there are some copies on Amazon.com although I’m not sure if it’s the right book or not. They don’t display a picture. But, it might be worth the chance. It’s such a great cookbook! Let me know if you have any luck.

      I’d pass my book along but it’s my favorite and it was one of my mom’s favorites, too.

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