Every year, after the tree was disassembled and the lights were packed up, we’d spend one Sunday with close friends and family, eating chili and watching football in our living room. I still remember my father’s chili…the smell, wafting through our entire house. Even when my husband and I got married, we continued that tradition and he always found it odd that instead of pairing chili with cornbread, we paired it with tortillas. It must be a Puerto Rican thing.
This week, football season starts, and while we’re not heavy into the sport (or tailgating), my husband has an entire family of college football fans. I always bring a book with me when we travel to the South because spotty cell reception, lack of internet, and an over-abundance of football is enough to drive a girl a bit nuts!
But since we’re in the heart of football season and all that comes with it (aka tailgate parties), I thought I’d share a recipe my husband and I created in honor of my father, who made chili on a Winter Sunday every year to celebrate the football season.
- 1/2 yellow Onion chopped
- 2 cloves of Garlic minced
- 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
- 1 pound of ground turkey breast
- 1 Can of Kidney beans drained
- 1 Can of Pinto beans drained
- 2 cans of Tomatoes I like the organic, no salt added variety
- 1 teaspoon Cumin
- 1 teaspoon Paprika
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of Chili Powder to taste, depending on how spicy you prefer your chili
- Dash of salt and pepper
Sauté chopped onions and garlic until softened (but do not brown)
Add meat and cook until just done
Add beans, tomatoes, and spices
Simmer for 30 minutes
Because simplicity is the key to an enjoyable tailgate party, I paired the chili with chips and salsa, and some drinks. We cut up fresh fruit and I served my Simple Berry Tart for dessert!
For additional Tailgating recipes, visit Tina (her homemade Oreo Cookies are drool-worthy), Tara (who has the perfect game-day dip), Sheena (my kids would love her Sweet Pepper Poppers) and Liz (who shows us how to have the perfect, no-cook tailgate party).
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