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Impromptu Chili

Last night, I wanted to make chili. I couldn’t find the recipe I’d planned to follow, so, I improvised. The results were quite tasty, so I’m sharing the recipe.



3 cloves garlic, diced

1 small red onion, diced

2 tsp butter

2 tsp olive oil

1 lb. ground beef

1 package taco seasonings

2/3 cup water

1 Mackesson triple X Stout

1 12 oz can crushed tomatoes

1 can great northern beans

2 cans kidney beans

3 tsp Haracha hot sauce (a.k.a. “chicken sauce” for its packaging)

1 Tbsp flour




Saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil and butter for about 3 minutes, then add the ground beef. Cook the ground beef until crumbly and starting to brown, then add the taco seasonings and water. Simmer for 5 minutes, then add the stout, beans, and tomatoes. Stir in the hot sauce to taste over the course of simmering over medium heat for an hour. Add in flour as needed for thickening or cook longer if your schedule allows.



Serve with grated cheddar cheese and sour cream.


As a magazine junkie, it's probably not such a good thing that I work so close to Fog City News. They are forever enticing me with their displays of imported chocolates, hard to find magazines, and old fashioned sodas.

This morning, I meant to only slip in and purchase a Boylan's birch beer for my SO. But that led to a Cadbury orange bar, and a new (to me) UK food magazine: fresh. It reminded me of (and was slotted in next to) the BBC's olive food magazine. It was the cover photo of the game pies (think pot pies but richer/darker) that sucked me in -- and then I saw a cover line for a slow food article, organic cooking, and 1970s style food. I had to buy it.