My beloved Rams.
They gave it a good go this season.
Their second year in Los Angeles has given the City of the Angels hope that perhaps one day we will make our long awaited appearance in the Super Bowl.
Rams insider Myles Simmons said it best: “Los Angeles completed a historic turnaround in the 2017 regular season, not only winning the NFC West for the first time since 2003 but also going from worst to first in scoring.”
Thank you Myles.
The big game
So now we know the two teams that are poised to go helmet to helmet in the 52nd Super Bowl, set for Sunday, February 4th.
The New England Patriots will make their 10th Super Bowl appearance.
The Philadelphia Eagles will make their 3rd Super Bowl appearance.
The Patriots won the title in 2017 and 2015. Its not surprising that the odds makers have tossed up their odds and predict the Patriots will win a back-to-back title this time around. Could this be a slam dunk for New England?
Enough about football
Let’s talk chili because its gotta be part of your Super Bowl menu and its gotta be something to talk about in case the game isn’t.
My 5 Bean and Beer Chili is just the recipe you need to score a winning touchdown at your Super Bowl gathering. Here’s why:
- Simple, modest ingredients.
- Easy to prepare.
- Cooks in an hour.
- Rich, full bodied flavor.
- Features Modelo Especial Beer, known for its orange blossom honey aroma.
- Chock full of a variety of flavorful beans.
- Great balance of ground turkey and smoked chicken sausage.
- Thick, hearty and soul satisfying.
For this recipe, you will need a large Dutch Oven pot. This recipes features a 6 quart pot. After its done, make sure to gather a few ramekins or small serving bowls and fill them with hand grated cheeses (cheddar, Parmesan, smoked Gouda), green onions, cilantro, sour cream, guacamole, olives, crushed tortilla chips, and chopped jalapenos. Your guests will love to customize their bowl of chili with their favorite toppings.
When planning any gathering, party or event, pace yourself and plan ahead. This chili can be made the day before your Super Bowl soirée.
One last thing football fans
I wouldn’t be too dismissive about the outcome of the big game. The City of Brotherly Love wants this title badly and they want it brought home on the wings of Eagles. I’m just relaying and saying.
Here’s the recipe. Get cooking and go team!
5 Bean and Beer Chili
A rich and hearty chili
1~ 15.5 ounce can red beans
1 ~15.5 ounce can black beans
1 ~15.5 ounce can pinto beans
1~ 15.5 ounce can dark kidney beans
1~ 15.5 ounce can garbanzo beans
1~ 14.5 ounce can Simple Truth Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
3 ½ cups low sodium chicken stock
1 ½ cup Modelo Especial Beer
1 ½ cup bell pepper, chopped
1 ½ cup red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 ear of corn, pan grilled and cut from cob
2 pounds ground turkey, cooked
1 pound Hillshire Chicken Smoked Sausage Roasted Garlic, cut
Herbs and spices
3 tablespoon cumin
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon Chipotle Chili
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
½ cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
12 -15 ground saltine crackers
- To a skillet set at medium heat, add two tablespoons of olive oil. Once heated, add bell pepper, red onion and garlic. Sauté until tender, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes. When done, remove from heat and place into a large Dutch oven.
- Cut smoked sausage in half, lengthwise. Then slice each lengthwise half into ½ inch slices. To that same skillet add the sausage and cook until lightly brown, stirring constantly. Add to Dutch oven.
- To that same skillet, add a little canola oil and pan grill the ear of corn. Rotate the corn in pan until it is lightly browned. Remove from heat, set aside and let cool.
- To that same skillet, add the ground turkey and cook until done, chopping and turning constantly. When done, drain, and add to Dutch oven.
- Open each can of beans, drain and add to Dutch oven. Add spices and herbs (cumin, chili powder, Chipotle Chili, chopped oregano, cilantro, sugar, salt, pepper), liquids (Simple Truth Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, small can tomato paste, low sodium chicken stock and Modelo Beer) and grilled corn cut from cob.
- Stir well to incorporate all the ingredients.
- Bring pot to a gentle boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- While the chili is simmering, place 12-15 saltine crackers in a plastic zipper storage bag. With a rolling pin or drinking glass, crush crackers until fine. You can use a food processor or mini grinder if you like.
- When chili is done simmering, taste and season with salt and pepper to your taste. Next, slowly stir crushed crackers into the chili until you achieve your desire thickness.
- Let stand 20 minutes and serve.