Archive for January, 2012

a little Chili for a cold winter day

January 6 2012

The title to this post is a bit misleading.  Dave and I decided to make chili to bring to a new year’s eve party.  It wasn’t particularly cold that day at 65 degrees, and we didn’t just make “a little chili”…we made 5 gallons! (I blame Dave who told me to double my recipe so we would have some left overs.  He might blame me for making a recipe for 2.5 gallons to start with and calling it chili for 8 people).

And now, here is the recipe!!!!!  (In case you ever find yourself with the need for 5 gallons of chili)

Sautee the following for about 5 minutes, until the onions are clear:

  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 white onions
  • 8-10 cloves of minced garlic

Then, add the following (in this order we’ve learned is best from experience):

  • 8 cups of vegetable broth
  • 7 cans of whole or crushed tomatoes (chopped), with juices
  • 2 pounds of dry lentils
  • 2 pounds of dry bulgar wheat
  • 6-7 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 4-5 tablespoons of ground cumin
  • 8 carrots
  • 2 Jars (16 oz) salsa
  • 2 teaspoons all spice
  • 7 sweet peppers
  • salt & pepper to taste

Bring this to a boil, adding water as needed.  Then, simmer for 30 minutes.

Finally, add 5 stalks celery, diced.

We chopped up an assortment of hot peppers on the side (2 serano peppers, 1 jalapeno, and 1 habenaro).  That really heated things up!  I liked mine with banana peppers from a jar.

Due to time (and space), we did not add the kidney beans, but those would be a good addition to the dish.  Perhaps they will make it into one of our reheated chili dinners.

Do you need 5 Gallons of Chili?

We accidentally turned a small dish into leftovers for life.