While I must confess that I've never truly been a football fanatic to the extent of my own circle of friends and Cal Bears (I know, I know..please don't hate me), I have, however, ALWAYS supported my team. During my freshmen year at Cal, all clad in my blue and gold gear, I vividly recall hitching a ride on the Chancellor's trolley to be chauffeured to the stadium before cheering my little heart out in the student section. A couple years later, I was found performing the same stint on the infamous Tightwad Hill (yup, times were tough as a student) before jumping the fence to celebrate Cal's win. (And that, dear friends, was pretty much the extent of my wild college days -- ). I know, I'm such a wild child. Whoah!
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'Kickin Chili con Carne
- 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
- 4-5 tbs of dried/ground chili pepper mix (paprika, cayenne, ancho)
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 3 large vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped
- 1 (2.25 oz) can ripe black olives, roughly chopped
- 10 fresh green beans, cut into 1" pieces
- 1 (7.25 oz) can El Pato hot tomato sauce
- 5 Embasa chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, roughly chopped
- 1 1/2-2 tsp seasoned salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 1 (15.25 oz) can of pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- 16 oz beef broth
- Heat the garlic in a hot pan with oil until nearly brown then add chopped onions and sautee until translucent.
- Add the beef along with all the dried spices & seasonings and stir for a few minutes before covering everything for 10-15 minutes or until meet is cooked.
- Add all the vegetables (tomatoes, beans, olives, chipotle peppers) and bay leaves and stir for a few minutes - drain any excess fat if desired.
- Add the fresh thyme, hot tomato sauce and pinto beans along with the beef broth and simmer for about 15-20 minutes.