Friday, September 30, 2011

Emeril's Chuck Wagon Chili for the Slow Cooker: One-Pot Wonders

This is my second-to-last post for the One-Pot Blogger Party sponsored by Morrow Books. The last one will show up tomorrow. And then it's over. Sort of. I've still got leftovers in the fridge and freezer.

This recipe was a big one - a big pot of beefy chili. No beans, just lots of beef. And tomatoes, chili powder cayenne, chocolate, beer, onions, celery, cilantro, garlic, cinnamon ... most of the kitchen, it seems.

It wasn't a complicated recipe, except that I bought whole pieces of meat and cut it up myself. The meat gets browned in a skillet, the vegetables get cooked for a while after the meat, then the spices go in and get cooked for a little while before the tomatoes and beer go in.

And then it all gets combined in the crockpot where it cooks for about 6 hours for people who aren't at high altitude. I knew it probably wouldn't be done in that time up here at a mile high, so I pressure cooked it for a while and slow-cooked for a while. It came out perfectly tender.

This was another recipe that my husband chose for me to cook from Emeril's new book (which is now on sale, by way), and he was pretty happy with it. Three weeks ago, he didn't really know who Emeril was. Now he's a fan. Perhaps too big of a fan.

His comment was that it was just spicy enough, and not too spicy, and he particularly liked how thick the sauce was - because of the addition of masa harina. I agree. We'll be keeping this recipe.

For serving, it's suggested that you have shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, and sour cream as toppings for the chili.

I got these bowls for participating in the party.

I can't say that I've ever picked those three things to serve with chili. But again, it worked. As my husband says, "this guy knows how to cook." Yep, he does.

For my part in this party, I've been given a copy of the cookbook, a jar of Emeril's Essence and serving bowls made by Zak! I also had several items to give away, courtesy of Morrow Books.

Bloggers who participate in this party and complete the 3-week assignment will receive some additional books by Emeril as well as a small cash reimbursement. One blogger will be chosen to receive a 6-quart Emeril-branded crockpot made by T-Fal.

For more information on Morrow's cooking blog, see The Secret Ingredient. Want to order the book? Clicky-clicky right here.

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diabeticFoodie said...

Nice use of the zak! bowls. Chili looks good too.

Farmgirl Gourmet said...

Chili looks great Donna! I liked that recipe quite a bit. Glad someone else made it too.


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