Thursday, March 3, 2011

Beer and Lime "Touchdown" Chili

Beer and lime chili is one of the first recipes that I ever created on my own; it remains one of my favorites, and a popular request. A little tangy and a little bit spicy, this chili is the epitome of the flavorful, hearty comfort food that we all crave in the winter.

A few years ago, I started making this chili for the Super Bowl. The top-watched televised sporting event of the year and biggest American food holiday second only to Thanksgiving was never an event here. You can keep the football, and you can even take the commericals, but I will not be skimped on the snacks.

Now, “Super Bowl” at my house stands for a super bowl of chili. None of us watch, care about, or really have a clue when it comes to football, yet we’ve been tuning in the past few years to see what happens anyway. I’m starting to learn a little bit about the game, but haven’t really learned to like it yet. I’d much rather be watching the Yankees play.

I know enough that a touchdown is a good thing, which is why this year I deemed our now-standard pot of Super Bowl chili as “Touchdown Chili.”

The picture doesn’t really do it justice. Despite my efforts to pretty it up a little bit, ground meat is just not all that photogenic. If only I could give you all a taste! My boyfriend describes it as, “the best chili ever in his life,” and until you try it out for yourself, I guess you’re just going to have to take his word for it. :-)

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Beer and Lime Chili:
Yield: 6-8 servings

- 1 large white onion, small dice
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 medium hot peppers (I usually use the long green cayenne peppers but you can use any kind), small dice
- 4 scallions, thinly sliced on bias
- 1-1 ½ pound ground beef
- 1, 6 oz can tomato paste
- 4 limes, juiced (about ½ cup)
- 1 bottle/12 oz beer, such as Budweiser
- 1, 15. 5 oz can kidney beans
- 1, 19 oz can black beans
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- Chili powder, curry powder, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to taste
- Put in bowls for garnishing: 2 scallions slices on bias, grated cheddar, sour cream
• In a large, deep pot, sweat onions over medium heat. Add peppers and cook until soft, then add scallions and cook until lightly wilted. Lastly, add garlic and cook until fragrant.
• Turn up the heat a little, add ground meat and brown. Once the meat is browned, stir in tomato paste and lime juice. Add beer and beans, and cook down until thick and saucy, about 15 minutes. Add sugar and seasonings to taste.
• To serve, garnish with scallions, grated cheddar, and sour cream, or put bowls out for everyone to do themselves. Enjoy the chili on its own, in a baked potato, or with tortilla chips and/or corn bread.


All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

I love your idea of beer and lime in a chili. I was like, why hasn't anyone done this before? Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

penny aka jeroxie said...

Beer? Wow.. love it!

Jason Phelps said...

I love the addition of that much lime to the chili. It must be so peppy!


Claudia said...

Beer AND lime? This would be good! I'm not much for football but oh I love football food!

ravienomnoms said...

What a great idea! Sounds really good

Roxan said...

Beer and lime chili... sounds like a whole meal in a bowl! ;] this sounds lovely and I want to come over for next the superbowl next year! I'll bring bread bowls for the chili.

Joy said...

The recipe is wonderful. My husband would love it.

Victoria said...

Ground meat can be very difficult to photograph, but your chili does look very appetizing. I'm not a huge SuperBowl fan, but I do love the food, and chili is a staple.

Elisabeth said...

Love your yummy and pretty chili, especially with the addition of the beer, and I do think the photo of it is beautiful!

Monet said...

What a great creation! I love the thought of adding lime. Yum! Thank you for sharing your creativity with me tonight! I'm craving a bowl of chili now! I hope you have a blessed Sunday

Rochelle said...

Beer is a great addition to chili! It gives a little something that you can't really replicate with anything else and with the lime it sounds fantastic!

Jenny (VintageSugarcube) said...

I don't think I've ever made chili the same way twice and now I have a recipe with ideas I've never tried. Woooo hooo!!