Chili to Warm Your Bones
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.
- 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.
How do you make your chili? Please share. Let the skeletons from your recipe closet run free.