Saturday, February 13, 2010

Frito Pie Chili

Frito Pie Chili

2 lbs ground beef or turkey
1 15 oz tomato sauce
1 15 oz stewed tomates
1 15 oz can water
2 med onions, chopped
1/2 cup chili powder
1/2 T garlic powder
1 T dried onions
1/2 T Cumin
1/2 T Oregano
1 t smoked paprika
1 t cracked pepper
1 t salt or to taste
1 T masa mix with 1/4 cut water
1/2 T cayenne

Add all ingredients except masa & cayene to cooked ground beef.  Simmer for 30 minutes.  Mix masa and water together, add to mixture.  Add cayenne.  Continue simmering for 20 more minutes.  Add more salt if needed. 
Optional: To the finished product I add 2 cups of beans.  Any delicious bean works.

This is our home favorite frito pie chili.  This recipe took me a few years to finally perfect it. 
We top our Frito Pie's with fresh onion, cheddar cheese, tomatoes and jalapenos.  Yum!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Green Chile Stew...Yum

Green Chile Stew

3 T bacon fat or vegtable oil
2 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, cut in 1 inch cubes
2 cups diced onion
5 cloves of garlic
8 cups chicken
2 pounds of potatoes, cut 1/2 to 3/4 inch cubes
1 T tamari or soy sauce
1 t cumin
2 to 3 t salt, to taste
1 t pepper
1 1/2 cups roasted, peeled, chopped green chile
1 cup roasted tomatillo salsa
1/2 of a red bell pepper, diced
1 cup of cilantro

Heat fat/oil in dutch oven, high heat and brown the meat in 3 batches.  Set aside.  In same dutch oven, saute the onions until lightly golden.  Add garlic stir, return the meat to dutch oven along w/all juices that have accumulated.  Add broth, potatoes, salt cover and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours, potatoes will break up and thicken the stew.  Add green chile, tomatillo salsa and bell pepper cook 25 more minutes.  Add cilantro and serve.

Top with fresh onion, fresh cilantro, dallop of sour cream & crunchy tortilla chips.

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

2 onions, quartered
6 serrano peppers
3 garlic cloves
6-8 tomatillos
1/4 cup of Olive Oil
salt & pepper
1 cup cilantro
2 cups water

Place first 4 ingredients on baking sheet toss with oil, salt and pepper.  Broil till all sides are slightly charred.
In a sauce pan add water and cilantro, bring to boil.  Add broiled ingredients to sauce pan (oil too) and puree or chunk with emulsifier.

My husband was the main inspiration for this recipe today....yesterday he said, "we have not had chile in ages" (I think/know he meant the traditional red one but my palate craved the green...I hope he loves it).