Monday, October 26, 2009

I messed with Texas.

There are beans in my chili.

Garbanzos, even.

I'm sure that Alan, the chili evangelist, will make me turn in my "Honorary Texan" certificate but I just couldn't help myself.

(I added bell peppers too. Yankee forever!)

29 comments:

Alan said...

Heretic.

USCitizen said...

I hope you are able to separate them out before it's served.

Good luck!

Steve R said...

Yep. You're a Yankee. Of course, what do I know about making chili? I'm further north and west than you are. Although, I will agree that adding bell peppers is a bit different. Personally, I do like to add cayenne and cumin to my chili, and I use pinto, black and kidney beans. I'm not too fond of garbanzo beans. Too close to navy beans in color, and I hated those things in grade school too much to even consider them now.

Mike W. said...

The best chili has beans.

Wai said...

Breda, you're my kind of bean!!

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Bell Peppers? So you made Manhattan Style Chili?

Bloomberg Chili?


It's like I don't even know you.

You have a great excuse to make Cincinnati Style, but this?

kaveman said...

Can't speak for anybody else, but if ever got invited over to Breda's for dinner, I wouldn't complaign about being served rabbit turds covered in cat hair.

I may not go for a second helping, but..

Texas Ghostrider said...

The Texas Rangers are sending a detachment to get the certificate....

Bugs said...

I was once served chili with zuchini in it. I don't even know how to spell that, I had to use the spell check.

Bob S. said...

Breda,

Sorry but if it has beans it isn't chili.

Alan may not ask for your honorary certificate back, but we may want to update it with an asterisk to warn people of this travesty.

Mr.B said...

Real chili is Meat, Chili's (or if you are in a hurry, chili powder), and pinto beans. in that order, and just about in equal proportions...Add just enough water so it will cook.... For a change, add cumin and/or onion.

For those of you who think chili has no beans, you really don't know much. I was raised on Del Rio cooking, and chili is a simple dish, as outlined above.

If you think chili has no beans, you must be from a larger city like Dallas or something. Not from a real Texas country place.

Jay G said...

Chili. Has. Beans.

Sorry folks, Breda has spoken.

Tam said...

Beans I can let slide, but bell peppers? Just not my particular thing, I guess.

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Oh good. JayG likes Boston Style Chili...

BobG said...

Leave the chickpeas out, and throw in a can of RoTel instead.

Don said...

If you really want to get the ones in pointy elf-boots hopping, you have to spell it "Chilli."

This is a point of pride in Illinois.

Mark Alger said...

At least you didn't put chocolate in it.

GD&R

M

Weer'd Beard said...

I've had both kinds of Chili. Beans are necessary for the chili to be good!

If you want to call that "Boston Style Chili" so be it!

Mike said...

In a related note, the Brady web site has picked up on the controversy, and is asking for donations to help keep the gun culture divided on the subject of the "assult bean loophole".

Tam said...

Mike,

Yes, but did y'all open carry the chili?

Jeffrey Quick said...

As long as she doesn't serve it outside of family, she can call it what she wants. But blogging about it is a clear violation of OPSEC. At least it's not [strike] Cincinnati chili [/strike] bad spaghetti.

John Stephens said...

Look, people. The only reason you don't put beans in chili is because you have to let it simmer for a few hours to let the flavors blend. No matter how careful you are, the beans are going to stick to the pot and burn. You cook the beans separately, and mix them in later if you like.

It really is that simple.

Mike said...

Tam,
I open carried it all the way to the table where I proceeded to commit first degree nom-nom-nomery.
Right there infront of God and everybody (with corn bread)

-Mike

Steve R said...

Now, Mike. That last is simply not true. God was there, but everybody? I can personally attest that that is not true. BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T INVITE ME! And, boy howdy, I'm ticked about it, too.

Mike W. said...

mmmmm cornbread!

Don said...

More Texan propaganda. I cook chili for hours--I've had a pot on the stove all day today on low heat with three kinds of beans. They aren't burning or sticking.

Why do you fear the truth?

smith kaich jones said...

No beans. No matter how good it may be, it ain't chili.

DAMN! My word verification is able-men. Yep. I like my men able.

But I digress . . .

Debi

Anonymous said...

No problem I live in Texas and I use beans and bell peppers in my chili also. In addition I add pamentoes for color. My wife says my chili is to hot as I use various hot peppers for the spicy taste and a lot of garlic just because. I'm from Wyoming originally.

Steve Skubinna said...

Could have been worse. Had you been in Cincinnati you would probably have put in cinnamon and ground turkey and vanilla beans and served it on pasta.

And gone straight to hell. Unless, as noted above, you were in Cincinnati in which case you'd have just stayed there.

I never make my chili with beans in it. I usually cook a pot of beans separately for those who like that sort of thing. But there are no beans in "chili con carne." If there were, it'd say "frijoles" right in it somewhere.

What you made was some sort of spicy (I an presuming) meat and bean stew, which was probably quit tasty. But it was not chili.