This may well be Anita’s favorite chili. I have to admit, it’s mighty good. This quick fix Tex-Mex corn chip chili is definitely quick fix. The only way you could make a chili any quicker is if the entire dish came out of a single can. Served over crunchy corn chips, it has all you need in a no-time-to-waste chili. Beans, beef, tomatoes, chiles, and cilantro. Oh and a bit of cheese. I prefer fire-roasted green chiles any time a recipe calls for green chiles. The roasting adds a nice caramelized flavor and texture. Same goes for canned tomatoes, I prefer fire-roasted.
For a little kick use spicy pinto beans instead, substitute pepper jack cheese, and add in a minced roasted jalapeno.
I love a good beefy chili. Nothing fancy. Great southwestern flavors. Oddly this McIlhenny’s chili is served with rice. I say oddly because that’s not something I would normally do. I was surprised as to how much I liked having rice in my chili.
The chili itself is just as great as you’d want. Tender meat with a broth that you really do want to drink up with a straw. It’s my favorite part of this McIlhenny’s chili. The original recipe (which I modified only slightly) came from McIlhenny’s, the creators of Tabasco sauce. You know right then and there that it’s going to be fantastic. I have never had the free time when in New Orleans to go over to Avery Island and take a tour of the Tabasco plant. I will next time, though.
The North End Barbecue & Moonshine restaurant in Indianapolis is definitely one of my favorite restaurants. They have a fantastic menu, but for me, the best dish by far is the Texas red chili. It’s simple, spicy, and oh so packed with flavor. Smoked brisket, homemade bacon and a red sauce that I could just slurp up with a (big) straw. I can’t always make it to North End BBQ, so I decided to make my own (slightly different) version of their Texas chili. I was absolutely pleased with it. Nice and spicy, with a bit of smokiness. Now, you could make this smoked brisket Texas chili with just cubed chuck that has been lightly browned in the Dutch oven first. Nothing wrong with that, not one bit, but if you have smoked brisket, it really gives the chili a completely different flavor than just regular ole chili.
I roasted a few jalapenos on the grill and chopped them to use as garnish. They added even more bite and flavor to what was already a great bowl of chili.
A few years ago the Big 10 basketball tournament was held here in Indianapolis. As part of the event, the Levy restaurant group in Chicago produced unique hot dogs that highlight each of the Big 10 teams. I came across a copy of the list of the dogs recently, and just had to make each of them. These Minnesota Gopher hot dogs were fantastic. Spicy chili, crunchy onions, even crunchier Fritos, and ooey gooey cheese sauce. Nice and messy, like a great dog is supposed to be!
A nice twist to these Minnesota Gopher hot dogs would be to swap out the Fritos with BBQ or chili Fritos. And for a little extra kick, use a jalapeno cheese sauce. You’ll be happy you did!
I have a habit of copying recipes from restaurants or food trucks I hear about or see on TV. Here lately I’ve been on a major campaign to copy some of the crazy great dogs from Duke’s Gourmet Dogs in Minster, Ohio, which closed recently. These Wiz dogs are just packed with everything good about a hot dog. Warm chili. Crunchy potato straws (an ingredient I haven’t had in years). And my favorite, ooey gooey cheese sauce. Like I’ve said before, if it’s going to be messy to eat, it’s going to taste great and Wiz dogs are definitely messy and great!
I was tempted to add a few chopped jalapenos to these Wiz dogs. I like some kick so my dogs. I went another route and used spicy cheese sauce instead.
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I don’t usually marinate my steaks. It just kinda depends on how I feel that day. Today, I wanted to turn a pretty standard steak into something completely not standard. This molasses chili steak marinade definitely did that. You get some sweet, but it’s not overwhelming at all. Not in the least. And you get that great southwestern chili flavor. And hints of soy and rice vinegar. And best of all, you can still taste the steak. That’s why I bought one, ya know? I still want to taste meat, but I don’t mind making it a bit different. Because of the molasses and brown sugar you have to keep the time the steak spends over direct heat to a minimum. That high heat will definitely give you a char quick. Just sear it off and then move it to indirect heat to finish cooking.
If you’re feeling in the mood for spicy, substitute hot chili powder, a little or a lot.
Whisk together all ingredients except for the steaks.
Pour marinade into the bottom of a large resealable container, or divided between two containers large enough to hold each steak.
Add steaks. Coat bottoms well then flip and coat other sides.
Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour, flipping the steaks every 15 minutes.
Cook as you normally would. Note that since the marinade contains molasses and brown sugar the steaks will char if left over high heat for very long. Sear your steaks over high heat then finish them over indirect heat to prevent burning.
I’ve been jonesin’ really bad for a really good burger. A loaded burger, with lots of spicy kick to it. So I fired up my grill and proceeded to make a few big ole chili crunch burgers. Spicy chili. Crunchy chips. Sweet onions. Hot jalapenos. All topped with fiery habanero cheese. Yeah, baby, spicy messy burger time!
There is nothing but goodness in every bite. Chili and yummy burger juices will run down your arm. Melted cheese will drip onto your plate. That’s why you want to keep a few extra Fritos around so you can scoop up the fallen chili and cheese.
Although I prefer fresh jalapenos, sometimes they aren’t available. That’s when I substitute canned (not pickled) chopped jalapenos. My favorite are fire-roasted. The roasting adds a great sweet charred flavor to any dish.
I admit, not every meal I cook is from scratch. I’d say maybe 99% of them are home-cooked. But for that other 1% I’m a sucker for something pre-cooked, and often it’s pre-cooked chicken fingers (I use Tyson’s Crispy Chicken Strips, actually). I can’t help it. I like them. To make myself feel better about eating them I make my own sauce for dipping. This chili sauce is easy to make, which fits in well with the I-don’t-have-time-to-cook-dinner theme, and it goes great with chicken fingers. A little sweetness and a little fruitiness. It’s the perfect sauce for chicken fingers or nuggets (that reminds me, check out my homemade chicken nuggets!). It’s also fantastic for shrimp, boiled or deep fried. You can use thawed frozen mango and canned pineapple instead of fresh, making this sauce easy to make any time of the year.