When I was a teen ager, I spent a fair amount of time at a friend's house. His mother, who had raised seven boys, often kept a pot of chili on the stove, in case anyone wanted something to eat. It was a huge pot. I have a similar pot here at home, but it was my understanding it was supposed to be for 2-3 dozen ears of corn-on-the-cob, which is always a favorite around here, and especially at the beach. Regardless of what it's for -- it's a big pot.
I love Chili. And by friend's mother made the best chili I've ever tasted. It was fantastic! And I've tried a few recipes here and there but never found one I was happy with. Of course it could have something to do with the way I follow directions. But when I was browsing through some books today I discovered 101 Best Soup & Stew Recipes Ever: Including Gumbos, Chowders & Chili Recipes by Nancy F Thomas. In chapter four you can find six chili recipes, and look great.
One of the ones I took interest in is the Bulgur Chili. I was reading through it fairly quick and I thought it said "Burger Chili" which brought to mind the chili I was so fond of as a young man. It had hamburger in it. After a quick search I saw on Wiki, "It is a cereal food made from the groats of several different wheat species, most often from durum wheat. It is most common in European, Middle Eastern, and South Asian cuisine. The word bulgur is of Turkish origin." I suppose I could substitute Burger for Bulgur, but there is another recipe called Spiced Chili, where one of the ingredients is 1 ½ of ground beef.
I'll probably have to wait until the weekend before I get a chance to do some experimenting. Nothing worse than going to all the bother to cook up something special, ruin it -- and then wind up eating hotdogs because you have run out of time....
I'll have to decide which recipe I'm going to start with. You can likely tell I may have another disaster on my hands, but if you like new ideas for stews, soups and chili, you can get the Kindle version of this book for free today. It's part of an Amazon promotion and will likely only be available for the next 24-48 hours. And if you have a favorite Chili recipe, why not share it below in the comments section?
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