Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Three Ingredient Chili

I've been seeing a lot of chili recipes lately.  (It likely has to do with all the cold and snow we've been having.  Yes, I know it's winter.  But wind chills below zero are not "normal" for the Philadelphia area.)  I've been reading through them, and most had so many steps and twists and ingredients that I just gave up.

Until now. 

If you boil down all the chili recipes, you get meat, tomatoes, aromatics, and chiles.  I refuse to consider chilis with beans.  I don't do beans.  Yes, I know they're healthy, but I can't get over the texture.  (I wonder where my kids get their sensory issues from?)

I recently saw this recipe, that uses salsa for the vegetation.  I thought, "Duh!"  Ironically, this wasn't the first time I ever had seen salsa instead of chopping veggies.  Alton Brown (alias Grumpy Gus in this episode) uses salsa in his chili in an episode of Good Eats.  So salsa it is.  Meat and salsa. I can handle this.

When I mentioned to Neal I was going to make chili for dinner, he suggested I try this recipe that included bacon. I've yet to see much of anything savory that can't be made better with bacon, so I decided to try her method of rendering the bacon, then sauteeing the meat in the bacon fat.

Three Ingredient Chili
So mixing and matching, I came up with this.  It's rather simple.  Three ingredients, that's it.  Sure, you can add more chile pepper if you want (I say just buy hot salsa instead of mild). You can top it with cheese, or sour cream, and serve with tortilla chips like I did, but they're not necessary. You can brown the meats and then finish it in a crock pot, but I just started out with a Dutch oven and popped it into a low oven.  One less pot to wash, and with it being so cold, a little extra heat from the oven wouldn't go amiss! I'm doubting it's authentic chili, but since everybody claims that theirs is the best chili, I'm going to toss my ladle into the ring and say mine's the easiest - even my 3 year old can cook it.  (With supervision, of course -- keep the heat low so things don't splatter!) 

Three Ingredient Chili

1 lb. bacon, chopped
3 lbs. ground turkey (or any other meat)
2 - 15 oz jars salsa

Three Ingredient Chili

Cut the bacon into 1/2" strips.   Cook until most of the fat is rendered out, but the bacon hasn't gotten crispy.  Remove the bacon from the pan, leaving behind the grease.

Three Ingredient Chili

Brown the ground turkey in the bacon drippings.  Don't worry about if there's a lot of grease in the pan - you're going to drain it off.  You just want the smoky and salty fat to season the meat.  When the turkey is nearly cooked through, remove from the heat and drain.

Return meats to the pot, or put in a slow cooker.  Add salsa.  Rinse the salsa that sticks to the jars by swirling a full jar of water first in one jar, pouring it into the second, and then into the pot.

Cover and cook for 4 hours (at about 225°F in the oven, on low for a slow cooker), or until sauce starts to reduce and thicken.  If you're using a slow cooker, slip a spoon under the lid to let some of the steam escape and the gravy thicken.

Three Ingredient Chili

Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, and/or tortilla chips, if desired.

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  1. ASliceofHomeschoolPieFebruary 5, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    This recipe sounds delicious. I'll have to try it out. Pinned it!

  2. This sounds wonderful, though the lack of beans may be weird for us in a chili. I think the addition of the bacon will make up for that though. Can't wait to try this. I would love if you could stop by and share on my weekly recipe linky, Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen


    Have a great day!

  3. This looks easy and delicious! :-) Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I hope you will be able to join us again this week. :-) http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2014/02/try-new-recipe-tuesday-february-11.html

  4. This looks delicious. I was just in the store admiring a chili mix today. Haha! I guess I am in the mood for chili! Thanks so much for linking up with us at the #homeschoollinkup!


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