Saturday, November 24, 2012

If you're going to go, go all the way!

After two days of turkey, stuffing, gravy, assorted sides, and loads of pie, we figured we'd take it easy today and eat our body weight in chili. Yes-- CHILI-- people!

John's dad whipped up a rad recipe of chili which he found in the Silver Palette cookbook. Apparently he made a couple of additions, but I can only report what I know from the internet's version of the recipe. (I'll find out what else he changed and make revisions to this post as needed...) He served it with a delicious rice dish, guacamole, tortilla chips, and a sprinkling of cheddar cheese, and we were one happy crowd! Such a hit!! I think we've got a new Thanksgiving tradition in the making... Fingers crossed, John's dad agrees! 

Silver Palate's Chili For A Crowd

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound yellow onions coarsely chopped
1 pound sweet Italian sausage removed from casings 
4 pounds beef chuck ground 
1 can tomato paste - (12 oz)
1½ tablespoons minced garlic
⅓ cup ground cumin 
½ cup chili powder
¼ cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons dried basil 
2 tablespoons dried oregano 
1½ tablespoons salt or to taste 
1½ tablespoons freshly-ground black pepper
3 cans Italian plum tomatoes - (28 oz ea) drained
¼ cup dry red wine
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
¼ cup chopped fresh dill
¼ cup chopped parsley
2 cans dark-red kidney beans - (16 oz ea) drained
2 cans pitted black olives - (5½ oz ea) drained (optional)

Heat the olive oil in a very large pot. Add the onions and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 15 minutes. Add the sausage meat and ground chuck; cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the meats are well browned. Spoon off any excess fat and discard.

Stir in the tomato paste, garlic, cumin, chili powder, mustard, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Add the tomatoes, wine, lemon juice, dill, parsley and kidney beans. Stir well and simmer, uncovered, for another 15 minutes.

Taste and adjust seasonings. Add olives; simmer for 5 minutes more to heat through. Serve immediately.

This recipe yields 20 servings.


  1. That sounds lovely, love a good chilli. I recently made this one from Tilda Basmati, very tasty!

  2. Thanks for shared me recipie info ....