[Note: I edited this post February 16, 2016 to update the recipe link]
I’ve made El Cid Chili many times in the past few years; it was one of the first things I learned to cook. I’ve made it at my work’s winter holiday party every year and it disappears quickly so I’ll take that as a good rating. But I’ve never blogged about the process; that was about to change. After a two year hiatus when my man card was revoked because we went to the opera on Superbowl Sunday instead of watching the game, we threw a pot luck party. Everyone brought something. We had olive tapenade spread, little crab and cheese bruschetta, wings, chips and dip, Cheetos and M&Ms. I made El Cid chili for half time eats.
I found an original link years ago; there are many links now as it has spawned across the interweb. I’ve adjusted the recipe over the years and made quite a few adjustments this year. You can find my recipe here I timed the steps so you can tell what you are in for. It takes some time but I hope you’ll be pleased with the results.
First line up all the ingredients for the feast. This is everything you’l need:
|The line up.|
1. Traditional Red Chili is defined by the International Chili Society as any kind of meat or combination of meats, cooked with red chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients, with the exception of BEANS and PASTA which are strictly forbidden.
If you have beans in your pot you have stew or pork and beans or something; but you do not have chili.
It took 54 minutes from the time I walked into the kitchen until I had everything in place. Now that is quite a bit longer than it would really take you because I posed the pictures and did all the mis en place before starting the cooking. In reality you can cut the mean and onion and prep the later parts once you get things sautéing.
|Prepped and ready to go|
|Sauté the steak in small batches|
|Chorizo, hamburger and onion|
|Start of the simmering.|
|A bowl of red.|
I think chili is one of those dishes every man should be able to cook. If this recipe doesn’t suit your fancy, to to the ICS web site and pick from one of the award winners. Or you can check out Dad Cook’s Dinner for his recipe.
As the chili was simmering folks started showing up for the party.
Mark prepared his crab and cheese bruschetta. Delicious.
|Mark prepping the crab and cheese bruschetta for the broiler|
Carla finished a needle point project a couple of months ago and Dianne helped her turn it into a pillow. Here they show the finished product to Christie and Kim.
|Carla, Kim (standing) Christie, and Dianne|
|Pillow that Dianne and Carla made from Carla’s needlepoint.|
Some of the treats. I didn’t get Herb’s wings in the picture. He made a delicious home made barbecue sauce to simmer them in. They were just right; bite down and give a bit of a tug and you are rewarded with a fantastic bit of wing and sauce.
|Some of the snacks|
|Mark, Bud, and Herb awaiting kick off.|