Cold Weather Foods

LinnieGayl’s  comfort food blog and the recent colder weather started to remind me of dishes I typically eat during the winter.  One of the first dishes I turn to is beans.  With my parent’s southern roots, even living in the west, I grew up on a lot of pots of beans.  Pinto beans, and great northern beans with a ham bone were big favorites of my mother and I don’t really remember those dishes being seasonal.  However when it turned cold my mother turned to a big pot of chili or stew.

I don’t do the stew but always turn to chili.  In fact, I am probably going to make chili today.  I don’t have any special recipe and to be honest sometimes my dish is good and sometime it is average.  So I thought maybe I need a more definite recipe instead of a little bit of this and that.

The Today Show had a chili cook-off and I am just not sure about the three top contenders? Here are the ingredients:

Recipe: Hog Call Chili

Kyle Barton. Des Moines, Iowa

Ingredients
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled
  • 4 tablespoons Vermont maple syrup
  • 3 pounds 93-percent lean ground beef
  • 8 ounces of Graziano’s sausage
  • 1 tablespoon bacon grease
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans of Del Monte’s Petite Cut Diced Tomatoes with Zesty Jalapenos
  • 2 15-ounce cans of Hunts Tomato Sauce
  • 15.4-ounce can of Campbell’s Creamy Tomato Soup
  • 1 tablespoon of Superior Touch’s Better Than Bouillon chili base
  • 11 ounces of V8 Juice Hot ‘n Spicy
  • 7.75 ounces of El Pato Mexican Salsa
  • 2 16-ounce cans of Bush’s Chili Beans – Medium Sauce
  • 2 16-ounce cans of Bush’s Dark Red Kidney Beans
  • 4.5 ounces of green chilies, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of salted butter
  • 2 onions
  • 2 green peppers
  • 2 jalapenos
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon of Olde Westport Chili Powder
  • 1 tablespoon of ancho chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 package of Sazon Goya seasoning

Recipe: Bayou City Chili

Rhonda Morrison, Richmond, Texas.

Ingredients
  • 3 to 4 pounds Texas Angus boneless rib roast, trimmed and cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1/3 cup chili powder
  • 2 medium yellow onions, diced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 5 medium jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 1.5 teaspoons cayenne
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch, separated
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 cups beer, preferably Bud Light Golden Wheat
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3 to 4 cups hot water
  • 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 large poblano peppers, seeded and diced

Recipe: Michael’s Chili

Michael Creswell, Philadelphia, Pa.

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground meat, beef, turkey or chicken
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 16-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 26-ounce jar tomato sauce
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 16-ounce cans kidney beans
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/4 cup barbeque sauce
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • 5 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons hot pepper flakes
  • 4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn (optional)

I not sold on trying any of them. I just have a difficult time thinking of apples  or oyster sauce in Chili and I want beans.

Do you have a great Chili recipe to share?

- – Leigh AAR

9 Responses to “Cold Weather Foods”

  1. LeeB. says:

    Chili definitely is a great comfort food but since giving up red meat I’ve never eaten it. And yes, I know there are vegetarian options but I’ve never really tried any. Plus chili recipes always include pesky onions and I cannot abide them. :)

  2. Stephanie says:

    When I have a full day planned, I usually leave this in the crock pot for the entire day.

    Kitchen Sink Chili
    (everything but the kitchen sink goes in it)

    1 lb Browned Ground beef
    2 cans Chili Beans
    1 can Black Beans
    1 can Corn
    1 medium Onion
    1 Green Pepper
    3 Shaved Carrots
    1 lb mushrooms
    1 can diced Italian tomatoes
    1 can tomato sauce
    1 can beef stock
    1-2 Tbsp Worcester sauce
    1 Tbsp Black pepper
    1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
    1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
    1-2 Tbsp Chili Powder

    Brown the ground beef. Saute the onion, green pepper, corn, mushrooms, and carrots for about 3-5 minutes. Put vegetable mixture in crock pot. Add canned beans and ground beef. Add spices and rest of ingredients. Let simmer in crock pot.

    I cook by approximation based on my families tastes. So if you love garlic, add more. Taste before serving and season appropriately. Sometimes, I add 1 tsp chili powder at the end. Serve with sour cream, cheddar cheese and cornbread.

  3. Leigh says:

    Stephanie: When I have a full day planned, I usually leave this in the crock pot for the entire day.Kitchen Sink Chili
    (everything but the kitchen sink goes in it)1 lb Browned Ground beef
    2 cans Chili Beans
    1 can Black Beans
    1 can Corn
    1 medium Onion
    1 Green Pepper
    3 Shaved Carrots
    1 lb mushrooms
    1 can diced Italian tomatoes
    1 can tomato sauce
    1 can beef stock
    1-2 Tbsp Worcester sauce
    1 Tbsp Black pepper
    1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
    1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
    1-2 Tbsp Chili PowderBrown the ground beef.Saute the onion, green pepper, corn, mushrooms, and carrots for about 3-5 minutes.Put vegetable mixture in crock pot.Add canned beans and ground beef.Add spices and rest of ingredients.Let simmer in crock pot.I cook by approximation based on my families tastes.So if you love garlic, add more.Taste before serving and season appropriately.Sometimes, I add 1 tsp chili powder at the end.Serve with sour cream, cheddar cheese and cornbread.

    Wow, this sounds more like it. Thanks.

  4. maggie b. says:

    Stew is my cold weather food. Also soup.

  5. Leigh says:

    maggie b.: Stew is my cold weather food. Also soup.

    I didn’t really grow up on soup, unless you count Campell’s. My dad was a meat and potato man – even my Mother’s stew was just meat and potatoes.

  6. VictoriaS says:

    Stephanie, this sounds like a winner! I will be making this, as I love chili, and black beans and corn is one of my all time fave combos.

  7. Stephanie, I like the sounds of your recipe. I’m making bean soup today — another great comfort food for me in the winter. I usually make my chili with ground turkey. Do you think it would work in your recipe?

    Leigh, that first recipe with apples really threw me. I am curious about it, but not enough to actually make it.

  8. Leigh says:

    LinnieGayl AAR: Stephanie, I like the sounds of your recipe. I’m making bean soup today — another great comfort food for me in the winter. I usually make my chili with ground turkey. Do you think it would work in your recipe?Leigh, that first recipe with apples really threw me. I am curious about it, but not enough to actually make it.

    It seems like it would be mushy – not something I like to associate with Chili.

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