Today we start our first recipe page. Dennis, a father of three and husband of one, became our first follower of the North Carolina General Stores blog. Dennis is in search of an interesting story and the perfect chili recipe. I will save, for now, the interesting story but I do have quite a few to tell. Now if you are looking for the perfect chili recipe, I think I have one that will delight your palate. The North Carolina products we will be using I will put in bold print and you can purchase these products at our store at 150 South White Street in Wake Forest, NC.
THE PERFECT CHILI RECIPE
Feeds 8 to 10 people with left-overs.
INGREDIENTS: 7 or 8 TSP Firehouse Chili Mix by Kitchen Helpers,
2 lbs. Hamburger
1 or 2 vidalia onions diced
1 red bell pepper diced
1 yellow bell pepper diced
1 green bell pepper diced (if you want hotter chili replace with peppers of choice)
1 mince garlic if preferred (optional)
1 can of black beans (drained)
1 can of pinto beans (drained)
1 can of northern beans (drained)(Optional substitute red kidney beans)
2 cans diced tomatoes (drained)( diced tomatoes with chiles for hotter chili)
1 small 5oz bottle Durn Good Bloody Mary
1 1.5 oz. bottle Granddeddy Daves reg. or hot BBQ Sauce
For a more tomato tasting chili we recommend adding 1 bottle of Schumann's Ketchup
Freeze left-overs. Even better when re-heated.
Saute onions, peppers, and garlic (optional) in large skillet using Pappous Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Brown hamburger in onion and pepper mixture. blend in Firehouse Chili Mixwhile browning hamburger mixture. Adding your spices while cooking your hamburger enhances the flavors. Place mixture into crock pot and add rest of the ingredients. Cook on low setting for five to six hours.
On July 4th we served over a hundred hot dogs to customers at our store. We made the recipe above less the beans. People raved over the taste and we sold out of the chili mix. We had a lot of chili left over so I brought it home and added the beans. It was wonderful. I am thinking about entering this recipe in the next chili cook-off I go to.