After a weekend of work activities,
François returned to his chalet on the water
just in time for Happy Hour…
By sunset there was a definite chill in the air…
I have never thought of chili as a summer dish,
but when the temperature dips to 15 ° C and below
it’s time for warm comfort food…
This Khun Rikon Cook ‘n Serve pot is the perfect size for 2 – 4 portions,
the serving spoon sits conveniently on the lid,
and it’s neoprene jacket (red of course) keeps the food hot
easily throughout a leisurely meal and beyond…
Easy One Pot Chili
1 1/2 lb ground chicken or beef * (see note below)
Green pepper chopped
Mushrooms 1-2 cups chopped
1 clove garlic chopped
1 jalapeno chopped
1 tsp chili powder
Dried chili flakes (a pinch or three depending on your heat tolerance)
1/2 tsp Cumin
Black pepper & Salt to taste
Tabasco sauce or Frank’s
1 package Onion Soup Mix ** (see note below)
1 can Red kidney beans (black & Garbonzo are nice too)
1 can (6 oz) Tomato paste
1 large Tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
In saucepan over med/high heat, sauté vegetables until tender
Stir in seasonings and onion soup mix
Add beans, tomato paste and sauce and stir well.
Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until piping hot and flavors have blended.
Add additional salt and pepper, chili powder or Tobasco to taste.
If consistency is dry I quite often add a splash or three of red wine
Since refrigerator storage is at a premium onboard
and since we are attempting to eat less meat.
I tried TVP (textured vegetable protein) – the chunky type
It has a long shelf life and doesn’t require refrigeration.
The first time I used it, François was really surprised when I told him it was
textured soya and not meat.
The finer type is great in soups…
I tend to react to some additives, especially MSG so as much as possible I try to avoid packaged mixes. I also have a great recipe for taco seasoning which tastes exactly like the prepared mix. Will share that later when we have Mexican Night Aboard.
Dried Onion Soup Mix Clone
3/4 c. minced dried onion
1/3 c. dried beef bouillon (w/out MSG)
4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp crushed celery seed
1/4 tsp sugar
Combine all ingredients
Store in tight fitting container
About 5 Tbls. of mix are equal to 1 1.25 oz pkg.
Use in making soup or onion dip (Mix 5 Tbls. with one
pint of sour cream).
And at the end of the evening we were thankful for our little heater.
It has a small footprint and makes the cabin toasty warm in minutes…
Bonne nuit…Good Night