A pot of Chilli – Nov. 2012 version

’Tis the season for crock-pot cooking, and I do so love to have a pot of chili when the temperature drops. I make mine from scratch, no recipe, and it’s different almost every time. I’ve been really happy with some past versions, but I’m pretty sure I knocked this one out of the park. And since Ursula is raving about this batch’s flavors, it’s time to post this variation.

Be warned that I’m guessing on some of the amounts – I was pouring some stuff in, and not actually measuring. Also, this is a “cook ahead” kind of meal – I did all the prep while cooking last night’s dinner, and we ate it tonight…

Kevin’s 2012 Chili
Prep Time: 20-30 mins
Cook Time : ~23 hours

Ingredients :
1 lb. ground goat
1 lb. stew beef, cut into ~1/2 pieces
1/4-1/2 lb leftover roast turkey, diced
2 cans chili flavored stewed tomatoes (I used Harris Teeter brand), drained
1 qt frozen diced fresh tomatoes – DO NOT THAW
1 can each chick peas, red kidney beans, and black beans, drained
1-2 tbs Sriracha
8 oz STRONG decaf coffee (I used a Fog Lifter K-Cup)
1/4-1/2 cup Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki
Lee & Perrin’s Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 cup GOOD Tennessee Whiskey[1]
7 1/2 oz shredded Cougar Gold[2] cheese (about 1/4 a wheel, optional)

Put the frozen tomatoes into a big crock pot. Do not thaw them. Brown the ground goat, and add that to the crock pot. Brown the stew beef, searing and caramelizing, but not cooking past medium-rare. Add *THAT* into the pot, juices and all. Now add all remaining ingredients, except the cheese. Set to high and cook for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally. Set to Low and cook for the next 10-14 hours, stirring occasionally.[3] If yours has a “keep warm” setting like mine does, just let it do that until dinner time, and – guess what! – stir occasionally. Check flavor every few hours to “tune” it if needed. Serve in a bowl with a spoon, and sprinkle cheese on top if desired.

[1] I used the Jailer’s, and Ursula yelled at me for about 10 mins to use the crappy stuff for cooking. I will defend myself with the words of Justin Wilson : “Don’t cook with it if you won’t drink it”
[2] http://cougarcheese.wsu.edu – We love this stuff. I’d say “We put this shit on everything!” but Frank’s Redhot Sauce might sue.
[3] For this stage, I’m talking every 4-6 hours here. Last thing before bed, first thing in the morning, and maybe when you wander past later in the day.

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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