Recipe: Snow Day Chili

Not sure if you follow the news, but Atlanta has gotten into a lot of trouble over the last two days for being ill-prepared, generally and overall.

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When a couple of inches of snowfall brought my city to its knees, I made a mental note to keep these items on-hand, at all times:

3 bottles of wine – You never know who/how many are coming over
2 cases of beer
candles with attached, taped matches
toilet paper
clean towels
clean guest room sheets
trail mix and bottled water for stranded motorists
1 bottle of emergency shooting liquor
chili ingredients

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Emergency Chili:

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 large çan garbanzo beans
  • 1 big can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup sweet corn
  • 1 small Vidalia onion, diced
  • 2 huge bell peppers, diced
  • 3 large tomatoes (I randomly had some heirloom varieties on-hand.)
  • 1 head of garlic, roasted
  • 4 garlic cloves, raw
  • salt and pepper
  • couple healthy dashes of hot sauce, depending on your spice tolerance

Chop and roast onion, bell peppers, tomato and garlic head 400 degrees 45-55 minutes, until the onion begins to crisp.

Meanwhile, drain and rinse beans.

Saute garlic cloves in huge soup pot, then add beans and canned tomatoes.

Add roasted garlic. This is messy. AND DELICIOUS.

Add roasted vegetables when ready, stir, add spices and corn.

Simmer on low all day and night, while friends begin showing up, looking like the Abominable Snowman and hungry.

Eating chili with your loved ones beats an ice storm, every time.

Be safe, world.

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