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Uncle Hairball's "no recipe" Chili Con Carne Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Curt Haire
Added: Thursday, July 10, 2008

Category:
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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 lb dry black beans or small red beans
2 lbs of your favorite "carne" - could be moose, caribou, venison, pork, beef, chicken
1 lg onion
4 cloves garlic
1 bell pepper (any color)
2 sticks celery
1 lg can tomatoes
1/2 cup chili powder (give or take)
1/4 cup cumin (give or take)

Directions:
Directions:
Parboil beans until soft (you can substitute canned beans if you're pressed for time - roughly 2 cans beans = 1 lb dry beans).
Brown the meat and saute vegetables altogether in the same skillet, seasoning with cumin and chili powder (to taste). Combine meat and vegetable mix with beans and tomatoes, add remaining cumin and chili powder (again, to taste) and simmer everything together for an hour or so.
Serve topped with grated cheddar of parmesan, and maybe tortillas or cornbread.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Uncle Hairball's "no recipe" chili con carne - kind of an oxymoron, 'cause Uncle Hairball doesn't use a recipe when making chili... but these are commonly used ingredients, in approximate amounts... feel free to elaborate... one can make a "5-alarm" and "chernobyl" version by adding (to taste) quantities of jalapeno or habanero peppers... these versions are usually better after being frozen to "set" the flavors.... it's also fun to play around with additions like oregano, dry mustard, potatoes or carrots, cilantro, etc.

I spy a 'no recipe' recipe from Curt! When I asked Eric for a couple of recipes, he told me that he doesn't cook with recipes. (Like father, like son!) Eric's creations are once-in-a-lifetime culinary delights that live forever in the present moment. ~Ann

 

 

 

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