Thursday, January 19, 2012


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This chili is super hearty and  I wanted to do this recipe because of an idea from a lady in the liquor store. I was picking up tequila for my margarita pops and a lady in the store asked if I was making chili with it....hmmmm, no I wasn't, but now I am! What isn't better than using tequila in my chili with lots of cilantro!  My love for cilantro came from when I was in Florida.  I actually hated cilantro before this experience, never really understood it I guess.  I began culinary school at Florida Culinary in West Palm Beach.  I actually loved this experience more than anything!  Did I love West Palm Beach, no, but I found my passion for cooking there and my love for cilantro.  The guy I was dating at the time had a father who is an amazing Chef.  He was not school trained as a chef, nor does he have the credentials to say that he is one, but damn could he cook.  He worked in the food industry and has done forever, he has gained his chef stature from me through his experience alone.  Anyway, he put cilantro on everything.  We would pick it fresh from the yard, chop it slightly and then just throw it on at the end.  I had to learn to like it or would be picking it out of my meal for hours!  Good thing I have an open mind and heart when it comes to food.  And so the love affair began, me and cilantro, cilantro and me!  How I do miss it down there sometimes! And now, I bring you my tequila chili with cilantro and a poblano jalapeno sour cream.

*Oh and don't forget to check the bottom for the health benefits of cocoa and peppers!

Really I should be giving you Zach's(my son) recipe for chili.  The kid gave me a list of ingredients right before Thanksgiving of his chili.  He wanted to make it for everyone as Thanksgiving dinner! It actually sounded pretty good; I was impressed...gotta love him! Maybe I will put it up later and you can decide between the two, or make both and do a taste test.

Tequila Chili

Large pot
Chef knife
Measuring spoons
Measuring cups
Can opener
Saute pan

1/2c  flour
1/2tsp pepper
1/2tsp chili powder
1/2tsp cayenne
1/2tsp coriander
1tsp salt
1 package stew meat
2-3T oil
½ onion, diced
1 large clove garlic, minced
3 cups chicken stock or water
1 can pinto beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can tomatillos, diced
1tsp chili powder
1tsp cayenne
1/4c tequila
1/4c lime juice
2T butter
Cilantro, coarsely chopped(to garnish)

Mix flour, pepper, chili, cayenne, coriander and salt together.
Dice stew meat into bite size pieces.
Add oil to large pot and heat on med-high
Dredge meat in flour mixture(save the flour mixture for later) and sear off in large pot.
Brown all sides of meat and remove from pot. (you will need to do this a little at a time, so you do not overcrowd the pot)
Add in onion and sauté until translucent
Add in garlic and sauté, do not let brown or burn
Add stock or water a little at a time and stir all the goodness off the bottom.
Add the beans and stir.
Add diced tomatillos and stir gently.
Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Add the meat back in and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add chili powder, cayenne, tequila and lime, stir and simmer for 1 hour.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.

*If your chili is too thin for your liking, melt 2T butter and add 2T of the flour mixture. Cook on low for a minute or so, do not let this burn! It will stink up your hole kitchen.(trust me) Slowly ladle some of the hot chili liquid into this mixture and stir continuously.  Once you have incorporated about 3 ladles, add this back into the chili and stir. Simmer for another 15-20 minutes.
Flour, cocoa, salt, pepper, cayenne, chili powder, coriander

Butter and flour mixture

Poblano Jalapeno Sour Cream


1 1/2c sour cream
1 can pickled jalapenos or any type of jalapeno
1 poblano pepper

Coat poblano with oil, salt and pepper.
Put under the broiler and turn regularly.  
Take out when the skin has blistered and the pepper is soft. 
Place in a bowl and cover with plastic for 5 minutes. Remove skin from poblano and seeds from inside. 
Mince and add to sour cream.
Mince 5 pieces of pickled jalapeno(or more to taste) and add to sour cream.

Serve the chili with the cilantro on top and then a dollop of sour cream.  Mmmmmm, delish!

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  1. You have to look at this blog and like it. Niki is my niece and she is an avid cook. Try out these fantasic recepise. You'll LOVE them.
    Angela Walker

  2. This one is one I am definitely going to try Niki! yum yummmmmmmm.

    Love your blog Niki. I will be a repeat visitor for sure.

    All the best
    Leonie easterbrook