Big Football Food

A really big football weekend calls for some really big football food. The Vikings play the Packers. the Redskins are in their first post season since God talked to Moses. The Ravens continue their Purple Pride victory march towards the big game! In honor of this big weekend, you need BIG FOOTBALL FOOD. Nothing says football quite like a piping hot bowl of chili. Brace yourself, because this is some really good chili. The version I’m posting is very meaty and filling. If meat isn’t your thing, feel free to substitute ground chicken or ground turkey. I’ve made it with ground turkey and hot turkey sausage and no one knew the difference. And if you start this RIGHT NOW, it will be ready for the 4:30 game!

Bison Chili
1 lb ground bison
1 pound bulk sausage (we get something spicy)
1 – 29 oz can of red beans
1 – 29 oz can of black beans
1 onion, chopped
1 8 oz can of tomato paste
12 oz beer
Chili Powder
Cocoa Powder

Brown the ground bison and sausage until cooked through. (Don’t freak out if you still see a little pink. This is going to go into a slow cooker so the meat will be cooked to the requisite 165 degrees.) Then saute the onion. You can also saute the garlic. It’s up to you. Rinse the beans and combine all the ingredients in a slow cooker that is no smaller than 4 quarts. Add as much seasoning as you like. I’m sorry that I don’t have specific measurements for you, but I shake and taste, then shake some more as I see fit. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

I like my chili with some pizazz so I go a little heavier on the cayenne. If you’ve never added cocoa powder to a savory dish before, you’re in for a treat. It adds a rich, smooth flavor, and makes a nice counter to the spiciness of the sausage.

Serve with tortilla chips, topped with shredded sharp cheddar.

If you are doubling the recipe, you will need a pretty big pot. This fills a four quart slow cooker.

The picture you see is from Christmas Eve when my 15 year old started the chili. He had to take my directions over the phone while I sat waiting for his Daddy to get a root canal. It was a rough day in our house and it was really nice to come home to a pot of chili which we enjoyed while watching Miracle on 34th Street.

So whether you are rooting for a team to win or lose, this is a great dish to serve.


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