Chile

Grilled Cheese Green Chile Burger-Where’s the Beef?

Where’s the beef?  Remember that line from the old Wendy’s commercials on tv?  Everybody was saying it.  I’m not really sure what that was referring to.  But I think it was the little lady who said it that caught our attention.  Anyway – I liked beef then and I like it now.  I just don’t eat it very often.  Not nearly as often as chicken and certainly more than fish.

Savannah picked beef as our topic for Saturday Dishes this week, so I dutifully followed her suggestion and made a Grilled Cheese Green Chile Burger on Grilled Toast.  If I’m gonna make it beef it might as well have every other flavor I enjoy too.  Now this can be made with ground turkey or chicken and still have all the flavors.  Not me, oh no!  Beef it will be and it was good!  Not the most original beef dish, but my favorite!  What’s yours?

Grilled Cheese Green Chile Burger

I got a new Le Creuset Red Skinny Grill for my birthday.  I love this.  It is just the right size for a small serving.  The wind was blowing at 50+mph when I made these, so no way would I do them on the outside grill.  It worked great.

Grilled Burger

Grilled Cheese Green Chile Burger

Then add the toppings and you’re ready to eat.  Steak fries would be good too.(In my dreams!)  Ok, so you can’t see the beef too well because I like all the toppings just as well as the beef.  Green chiles and avocado especially.   I don’t care for too much lettuce on my burgers unless it is finely shredded and on top of a Whataburger.

Come on over to Saturday dishes and share your favorite beef dish.

Saturday Dishes

Spice Up for Spring-Green Enchilada Casserole

All the way home from work I was thinking about Mexican food.  I never got over in a lane where I could turn into any place to get it to take home.  So I had to make my own.

For some reason I bought some flour tortillas the other day while I was shopping.  I think I was intending on a chicken taco salad with the shell baked in some new tortilla bowl molds I bought.  (Another day!)  In the pantry I had all the fixings I needed to make my own Mexican flavored dinner.

When I get hungry for the taste of enchiladas nothing else will do.  All I had were flour tortillas.  I could make burritos or enchiladas; however I settled on this little casserole which now has provided plenty of leftovers.  I don’t usually use refried beans, but these also have the flavor or nachos with the beans.  So I have technically taken care of 2 hankerings I might have.

I used to make Nachos Grande on Sunday night.  A little labor intensive, but so well worth the taste.  Tostada chips spread with the beans (individually), topped with browned ground meat, green chiles, onions, tomatoes and cheese.  Broil until the cheese bubbles and eat them fast while they are still warm.  Andy would warm up the leftovers in the microwave.  That didn’t appeal to me.

I like the taste of raw onions on my enchiladas.  If you don’t, you can brown the onions with the ground meat.

Green Enchilada Casserole

Super Bowl of Chili

Are you ready for some football? If not, at least some football watchin’ food? I watch the game for the scores because I have to know that for a project at work I’m not allowed to talk about. I plan for the game for the food and my little project.

Chili

I secretly make chili all year long trying to find the best tasting recipe for this little challenge our family has each year and the cook-off we have at work. I’m not competitive or anything like that.

I have tweaked this one just a few times. I think I got it pretty good tastin’. Enjoy the party and the game!

Be sure to check out the all week party that we have for the Super Bowl.  There is some great stuff going on there.

2013 Superbowl and Chili

Pimiento Cheese Stuffed Peppers

A guest post by Big Sister

2013 Superbowl and Chili

I can’t stand not to get in on this party. My Mom is having so much fun. I am seeing such great stuff that I don’t know where to start.  So, here is one addition and I have two more coming this week.  My neighborhood is having a Super Bowl Party and I will be bringing these things.  My neighbors love the spicy stuff so I had to take my regular pimiento cheese and add some more zing to it.

Stuffed Peppers

Nacho Burger

Someone on Facebook asked, “What are you planning for your Super Bowl eats?” I replied, “A burger and some decadent dip/chip.” Then I started thinking what my choices would be? Nachos are such a good flavor combination to me. Salty chips, cheese, onions, tomatoes, beans and sour cream if you like it. Not my favorite.

When my son lived at home we would have Super Nachos for Sunday supper on occasion. I would spread refried beans on tostado chips, Then brown some ground meat with a taco or fajita seasoning. Drain it and sprinkle it on top of the chips. Load on the grated cheese or jarred queso sauce with onions and tomatoes. They had to be eaten hot out of the broiler. They were so good.

So I have combined my favorite flavors into a burger (without the bun for me). This takes care of a burger and dip/chip choice. Good eats! Good food! Good luck with the team of your choice.

Nacho Burger

Make sure you stop by my Superbowl/Chili party this week to share your ideas and see what others have shared.Tumbleweed Contessa Superbowl and Chili Party

Southwest Stew with Cornbread Boats

The Terlingua chili Cookoff people say, “You don’t know beans about chili if you put beans in your chili.”   – definitely not turkey.  So, this is called Southwest Stew.  The perfect thing for a rainy day with nothing to do.  I love chiles in all their forms and flavors.  This meal is a reflection of that.  Also, I am forbidden to buy more spices until I use the ones I have.  This will make a good dent in that.  I miss my friends at Savory Spice Shop in the Arboretum.

For the stew:

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 white onion
  • 2 jalapenos
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1.5 pounds of turkey
  • 2 tablespoons of Organic Ground Cumin Seeds from Savory Spice
  • 2 tablespoons of Black Canyon chili powder from Savory Spice
  • 1 tablespoon of chipotle chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons of Sweet and Spicy Hungarian Paprika from Savory Spice
  • 1 tablespoon of Montreal steak seasoning
  • 1 10 oz. can of diced tomatoes and jalapenos
  • 2 4 oz. cans of diced Hatch green chiles (I used hot)
  • 2 15 oz. cans of black beans rinsed and strained
  • 64 oz. of low sodium tomato juice

For the cornbread:

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup stone ground cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

For stew:

Peel the onions and chop into 8 chunks and place in the food processor.  Chop the tops off of two fresh jalapenos.  If you are afraid of heat….you probably shouldn’t make this, but you can remove the seeds and ribs of  the jalapeños.  Cut in half and place in food processor with the onion.  Peel three cloves of garlic and give a light mince.  Add to food processor.   Pulse until finely chopped.

In a Dutch oven set over medium heat sautee onion, garlic and jalapeños in olive oil until softened.  Add turkey and crumble.  As the turkey browns add the spices one at a time and mix.  Cook and stir until turkey is cooked through and spices are spread evenly.  Add diced tomatoes and green chiles.   Stir to combine.  Add tomato juice and black beans.  Reduce heat to low and get your tasting bowl ready.

Cook over low heat stirring frequently for at least 6 hours if not more.  You could transfer to a crockpot at this point.  After the first hour, taste for seasoning.  If it is too hot add a little sugar or apple cider vinegar one teaspoon at a time up to four or add a square of bakers chocolate.  Continue to taste as flavors will evolve during the cooking time.

For cornbread:

Preheat oven to 450° .

In a large bowl, stir the cornmeal, salt and baking soda together. Stir in the egg, melted butter and buttermilk.

Bake in a mini-loaf or muffin pan for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven when the top of cornbread is brown and it feels firm to the touch.  Immediately turn out to keep from over-drying.

To serve:

Cut out a large wedge or circle from individual muffins.  Fill with stew and set in bowl with a thin layer of stew.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Add a small dollop of sour cream and top with cut out wedge.

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Foodie Friends Friday

One More Chicken…Chicken Chili

Combining my favorites!

This is a quick soup you can whip up Saturday morning and keep warm in a crock pot while you run your errands.  It is a light and flavorful, but hearty soup.  Keep it as light as you want depending how you top it.  About 7 tortilla chips are a good side for me.  I keep this made up for quick dinners when I am running late from work or I take it to work for lunch when it is really cold.  You know, like in the low-60s. Brrrrr!

I love to be able to spend Saturday afternoon doing what I want to do. Don’t you like it when you have some free time? I can spend my time catching up on all the Food Network shows I have recorded all week long, planning what I am going to cook for Sunday dinner.  Or, if it is warm outside, I’m working in the garden.  That work never ends, but it is time just for me.  So, some type of easy-to-fix soup is the perfect lunch on those days.  Enjoy.

 

QUICK WHITE CHICKEN CHILE

  •  3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small can chopped green chilies (about 4 if using fresh roasted)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 cans white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14.5 ounce can chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups finely chopped, cooked chicken breast (skin removed)
  • shredded Monterrey jack cheese
  • sour cream

In a Dutch oven cook the onion in the oil for 4 minutes or until transparent.  Add the chilies and cumin and cook stirring constantly for 2 minutes.  Add the beans and chicken broth; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add the chicken and cook until warmed through.

Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream and jack cheese.  Top with a little fresh salsa if so desired.

Chili Playoff

I love chili.  I like it in a lot of forms.  I just can’t decide which to make for the weekend. In the spirit of the Super Bowl maybe I can have a play off.  Take a read below and then vote here for the winner.  If none of these does it for you, send your chili recipe to me:  thecontessa@tumbleweedcontessa.com I’ll publish it and include it in the playoff.  Also, vote on your key chili ingredient.  Might be interesting to see what folks think.

Click the pic to vote for your favorite.

The results so far.  The mushroom chili is doing better than I thought it would.  I am honing in on my decision.  Keep those votes coming!

My friend, Georganne, who has participated in the Terlingua Chili Cookoff many times says, “If you add beans to chili, you don’t know beans about chili.”  So, no beans in my chili.  But she won’t give me her recipe for her prize winning chili, yet.  I’m still working on it.  This one is simple and you should have most of the ingredients to make this one.

Super Bowl Chili 

  • 2 pounds coarse ground chuck
  • 2 large yellow onions, diced
  • 8 tablespoons Gebhardt’s chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 jalapeño pepper whole (pierce about 5 times with a sharp knife

    Super Bowl Chili

  • 4 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 4 garlic cloves finely minced or 4 teaspoons powdered garlic granules
  • 1 28 ounce crushed San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 tomato cans water (I like my chile a little soupier)
  • 1 box lower sodium beef broth

Brown the meat and onion in a deep Dutch over.  Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for at least an hour.  Remove the jalapeño pepper.  Cool and store in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.  Put it in a crock pot and keep it warm to serve with grated cheese, sour cream and diced onion.  Some corn bread or tortilla chips are good with this too. Click Here for the Recipe Card

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My mother was a great cook.  She made real food for real people and it was good.  She was also ahead of most trends.  She was a foodie before it was cool.  As soon as she “discovered” email we started getting recipes.  I am glad to say that I got my love of the kitchen from her.    My mother also loved football and planned meals so that they never interrupted the game.  It is fitting that she be a part of the Chili Play Offs.  My oldest daughter learned a lot from her in the kitchen too. So, here is one of her memories.

The favorite thing that Grandma made for me was apple pie.  I asked her a hundred times for the recipe.  She would shrug her shoulders and say, “I don’t have one.”  Then she would make the most delicious apple pie ever, crust and everything!   So, the favorite recipe I have of hers is for Chili Mess.  That isn’t what it is called.  She just called it chili.  It’s more than that though.  The way she served it was as a layered cheesy treat.  I loved it.  Still do.  I am sure there is a tex mex or proper Mexican food name for it.  I call it chili mess.  It is the one thing of hers I cook best.  I have made it a little spicier but the basics are still the same.  I like recipes like that.  I also have found stronger flavoring if you add dry spices before adding broth or juice to soups and chilis.  This is probably all wrong, but it is how I like it.

Chili Mess

  • 1.5 pounds ground beef or turkey (lean or fat to your taste)
  • 1 whole onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno diced (seeds or not to your heat tolerance)
  • 2 cans chili beans
  • 64 oz. can tomato juice
  • 1 can diced green chiles
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Ancho Chili Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder (the plain store kind or a favorite spice store concoction)
  • 1 Tablespoon Chipotle Chili Powder (add another Tablespoon of regular chili powder and leave this out if you can’t take the heat)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons of oil- 4 if you are making with turkey
  • Corn tortillas
  • Chopped Lettuce
  • Cheese
  • Tortilla Chips

In a heavy bottom 6 qt. pot or dutch oven heat  1or 2 Tablespoon oil over medium heat.  Sautee onions, garlic and jalapeno until soft.  Crumble ground beef or turkey and cook until browned.  Add the dry spices right as the beef is finishing browning, one at a time, stirring into the beef.  Then add the chili beans (undrained).  Finally, add the tomato juice and green chiles.  The longer it sets the better it gets.  So, put it in the crock pot or set the stove to low and let it simmer for at least four hours if not eight.  Taste as you go to see if it needs more or less of anything.

When the chili has come to taste and thickened it is time to make a mess.  In a skillet heat the 2 Tablespoons of oil on the stove.  Add corn tortillas and cook until softened one at a time.  Remove the first  tortilla to a deep serving plate or bowl.  Add a ladle of chili and a sprinkle of cheese.  Then put another tortilla from the skillet on top of that.  Add another ladle full of chili, another sprinkling of cheese and a handful of chopped lettuce.  Get a knife and fork and eat the middle.  Then get some tortilla chips to clean up the MESS!  Click Here for the Recipe Card

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Now, this is a strange one.  Albeit good.  For those of you looking to take Chili to the next level.

Mushroom Chili

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1.5 Pounds Ground Sirloin
  • 24 ounces mixed mushrooms (cremini, shitake, oyster, white)
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper diced
  • 4 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 4 garlic cloves finely minced or 4 teaspoons powdered garlic granules
  • 2 Tablespoons Chipotle Chili Powder
  • 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 bottle beer
  • 1 box lower sodium beef broth

Brown the meat, mushrooms, jalapeno and onion in a deep Dutch oven with olive oil until meat is browned and mushrooms are cooked.  Add the bottle of beer and cook until reduced by ½.  Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for at least three hours.  Cool and store in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.  Put it in a crock pot and keep it warm to serve with grated cheese, sour cream and diced onion.  Serve with flour tortillas or tortilla chips.  Click Here for the Recipe Card

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE FOR THE SUPER CHILI CHAMPION

Looking for something to take to a party?

Are you running around with your hair on fire?  I am.  There is a stack of presents that need to be wrapped, cards to write, parties to get ready for and, oh yeah, work to do.  So, I thought I would stop for a minute and write on my blog :)

Here is a quick and easy appetizer that you can take to a party. Thank heavens for cream cheese! I use bacon and green chiles, but  you are only limited to what is in your pantry.  Chopped olives, green onions, salsa, pepperocini (drained) would all make nice additions or substitutions.

 

Seasonal Ristras

Using natural dried plants and colorful vegetation to make a decorative arrangement
always brings me great satisfaction.  When I was a Girl Scout leader we had weekend retreats to kick off the year and learn some crafts to teach our girls.  One year a very creative woman who had been a leader and started her own small business using these items taught us how to make a ristra from the dried flowers, pine cones, and grasses in the woods near the GS camp.  She added dried red chiles, dried corn husks and yucca pods to represent this west Texas area.  You’ve seen these with garlic to hang in your kitchen.  I’ve seen them with cinnamon sticks, dried orange and apple slices to hang by your stove and have wonderful aromas.   The chiles are said to keep evil spirits away from your door.  (Don’t touch the seeds and then rub your eyes.) Ristra
So I went searching the desert for dried pods, grasses, and flowers.  We had a terribly dry summer, so even the desert is lacking its usual bounty.  But be creative and use what is handy to represent your area.