For as long as I can remember, my mom would always make chili on the first cool day of the year. That is probably one of the reasons that I look so forward to Fall. It has become a tradition that I have now carried over into our family as well. I was so excited that this past Monday brought cool enough weather to warrant me carrying out our tradition.
I recently wrote about receiving three knives from Chicago Cutlery. I have to tell you guys that preparing meals has become so much nicer since I have started using a good knife. I mentioned in my first post that I was still using the same knives we received as a wedding gift. (8 years ago) It had gotten to the point where cutting anything had become so tedious.
As I prepared to make our first pot of chili for the year, I pulled out the Chicago Cutlery DesignPro Partoku knife to tackle the onion. Since Chicago Cutlery makes their knives with ultra sharp, Japanese steel blades, I figured their knives could handle the job.
Cutting onions is one of my least favorite things to do. My hands always smell like them for days after the fact. BLAH! Because of this, I usually purchase a couple of onions at a time and cut them all at once. I use whatever I need for the recipe and then freeze the rest for future meals.
It is amazing how this knife cut through the onion. It brought tears to my eyes, no wait, that was probably the onion. Either way, it was incredible how much different it was using the Chicago Cutlery knife vs. our old knives. At this point, I have been on a chopping frenzy. I have used the new knives to cut onions, bell peppers, squash, zucchini, cabbage, flour tortillas and our dogs raw food. It has went through all of these foods like they were nonexistent.
I am really looking forward to my next post where I can show you guys all my new mad chopping skills. Let’s hope I won’t be needing to edit any of the video for inaccurate chopping. Luckily for me, with the Chicago Cutlery DesignPro innovative handles, they are much easier to grip than my previous knives.
In the meantime, here is the recipe for my favorite chili. It is very simple, as well as quick to make.
1 lb of pork sausage
1 lb of ground beef 90/10
1 small onion diced (use more or less as you like)
3 Tbs of chili powder
1 can of ranch-style beans with jalapenos
1 can of chili beans
1 large can of whole tomatoes
2 small cans of tomato sauce
2 cans of water (use the tomato sauce cans)
salt and pepper to taste
Worcestershire sauce (I never measure, just splash some in)
Brown your sausage, beef and onions together with salt,pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Drain your meat. I always run water over my meat to get rid of the most grease. I have read it cuts down on the calories.
Place your meat back into the pot and put in your chili powder. Stir to coat the meat with the chili powder. Next, add your whole tomatoes. Make sure to tear them apart and leave out the ends. Use the juice from the tomatoes as well.
Now place your two cans of tomato sauce, adding one can of water per tomato sauce. Stir to combine ingredients.
That’s it! Like I said, it is simple and quick. You can spice it up by adding jalapenos or Rotel tomatoes.
I hope you will enjoy it.
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