Monday, February 27, 2012
Maybe it isn't Cappuccino Chili
The weather was demanding some kind of soup or stew so I decided on Irish Beef Stew. So I asked Bill to get me a bottle of Guinness stout at the liquor store. He came home with a Lagunitas Cappuccino stout from California. What was he thinking??? "But it had a really neat label",he says defensively. I looked it up on the internet and as far as drinking it the reviews were pretty bad but there were several recommendations for chili. So, change in plans...chili it is..
1 lb stew meat
1 lb sausage
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
2 poblano peppers, chopped (from my garden)
4 cajun peppers, chopped (from my garden)
2 cans fire roasted tex mex style diced tomatoes
1 large can crushed tomatoes
2 cans pinto beans rinsed and drained (I used made-from-scratch beans)
12 oz stout
Cook and drain sausage and set aside. Salt and pepper the stew meat and toss in flour to coat. Swirl olive oil in pan. Brown the meat and then set it aside also. In the same pan cook onion, garlic and peppers until softened. Put everything but stout in the crock pot and stir to combine. Pour in the stout. Cover and cook for 8 hours on low.
At this point in writing down the recipe I double check the ingredients. Wait a minute...there was no chili powder and no cumin! Thinking back, there was none added. So what did I make? Is it chili if there's no chili powder? But he said it was the best chili ever. Whatever this is,it tastes great even if it isn't technically chili!