Here comes the next soup recipe. I wanted to post it yesterday for Halloween, but I didn’t have time. It’s very fitting for Halloween, because it has a lot of scary and wicked ingredients. The first time I saw it, I thought……Whoa Mama!!! I had better try this one right away. I found it in one of my “easy reader” magazines. 015.jpg     First things first, though. This is our Halloween calf. It was born sometime during the night time hours. Red calf and black Mama. Crazy things happen during the night around here. It’s still wobbly and can’t quite figure out how to use it’s legs. Practice makes perfect. 003.jpg      So here we have the “wicked” chili. I’ll pass it on to you and let you decide for yourselves. I think it tastes wonderful. But then again I have weird taste. I have to have spicy, flavorful, and awesome goodness. That’s what milking cows does to a person.

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 cups chopped yellow onion

8 garlic cloves, minced

3 lb. ground chuck

1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste

1/3 cup chili powder…..that’s a lot of chili powder, man!

2 Tbsp. ground cumin…..and a ton of cumin, yikes!

1 Tbsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. dried thyme…..I don’t like thyme

1 tsp. dried oregano…..and I don’t like this either

2 (15 oz. ) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15 oz.) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes

2 cups chicken broth

1 (12 oz.) bottle beer…..the secret ingredient…yee-haw

     Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add onions and garlic, stirring until tender. Add ground chuck and cook until no longer pink. Drain beef mixture and return to Dutch oven. Add tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, thyme, and oregano, and cook 2 minutes, stirring often. Increase heat to high. Stir in beans, tomatoes, chicken broth, and beer. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Stirring occasionally. 002.jpg        Yep……check out the bubbly. Now I don’t know much about beer, so I did a little research. From what I could find…..when cooking with beer they say to use “ale” or “stout” beers. So I used “ale”. I was stumbling around the kitchen, walking into walls, hic….hic…., trying to remember what I was supposed to be doing. Hahaha Just kidding. I don’t even like beer. But the chili sure was tasty. Marshall thought maybe it was just a tad spicy……so you may need to tone it down a bit if you aren’t a “heat” kind of person. Anyway…..there it is. It’ll warm your innards on a cold, dark and stormy night.

     Talk about confusion……I came in the other morning after chores and discovered I had my shirt on inside out and backwards. And I wasn’t even drinking…….just milking the ole bovines. So what does that tell you……………..Carol