Even if you don't watch football every week, almost everyone pays attention to Super Bowl Sunday. There are parties both at home and in sports bars, serving great food and drinks to everyone who attends.
Planning on having your own Super Bowl party but still pondering what to serve? With the weather as cold as it has been in Reno and with our recent snow storm still fresh in our minds, comfort food sounds awfully good. How about serving a big pot of chili?
There is the traditional chili with beans and meat, vegetarian chili, white chili, chili made with beans only or chili with meat only. A style to match every person. Serve it up with the usual condiments: diced onions, grated cheese, sour cream, diced avocado and corn chips. It's that simple.
My favorite chili recipe comes from my Aunt Joan, a woman with a master's degree in home economics. She is always ready with a recipe to pass on.
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 onion, diced
• 1 red bell pepper, diced
• 2 carrots, diced
• 2 teaspoons ground cumin
• 1 pound lean ground beef
• 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
• 2 cups water
• 1-2 teaspoons of chile powder (or to taste)
• 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
• 1 (15.5-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
• 1 (15.5-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
Heat the oil in large pot or Dutch oven over moderate heat. Add the onion, bell pepper and carrots, cover and cook, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Add the cumin and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the ground beef; raise the heat to high and cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until the meat is no longer pink. Stir in the tomatoes, water, chili powder, oregano and salt and pepper. Simmer, partially covered, stirring from time to time, for 30 minutes. Stir in the beans and cook, partially covered, 20 minutes longer. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
Serve the above chili with beer or soda and you are set. Chunky slices of bread are optional. And you are set to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday, having done all the work ahead of time.
Bon Appetit, Reno!