Next Day Chili

Chili is one of my favorite things to have in the refrigerator as a leftover.  This chili intrigued me as you make it the day before and purposely eat it the next day.

I will have to admit, I did sample some the same day as cooking and I didn't notice a huge difference from the day after.   

I loved the chorizo meat. I don't eat it very often and I forget how incredible the flavor is in food.  Don't let the long list of ingredients scare you off, it came together easily. 

Crackers and chili is one of my favorites, I prefer it to the traditional cornbread.  These are Mary's Gone Crackers gluten free crackers and they were fantastic!  

Next Day Chili Recipe
Adapted from Veronica's Cornucopia

2 lbs. ground beef, 93%
10 oz. chorizo
1/2 lb. bacon
1 tbsp. bacon grease
1 can chili beans, undrained
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 large onion, chopped
2 tbsp. garlic, minced
2 tbsp. cumin
1 tbsp. oregano
2 tbsp. paprika
3 tbsp. black pepper
2 1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sage
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
3 - 5 tbsp. hot sauce, depending on taste
1/2 cup chili powder
1 tsp. coriander
2 tbsp. maple syrup
1 - 2 cups chicken broth, depending on desired thickness

1 (6oz) can of tomato paste
1 cup tomato juice, I used V8
Red pepper flakes to taste

In a very large pan, brown ground turkey and chorizo, drain and set aside. Slice bacon into 1 inch pieces and cook bacon until crisp, set aside on paper towels to drain. Take 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease and add it to the turkey/chorizo mixture. Add all remaining ingredients, except bacon, to large pot. Simmer for 3 hours, stirring occasionally and tasting to adjust salt, pepper, chili powder and red pepper flakes to taste.

Let cool for an hour or so and then refrigerate overnight. Refrigerate bacon separately. Simmer again the next day for 2 - 3 hours, adding the bacon the last hour. Now it's ready to serve!

One Year Ago...

This is linked with:
Works for Me Wednesday at We are THAT Family
Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop
Whole Food Wednesday at This Chick Cooks
Gluten Free Wednesday at Gluten Free Homemaker
Mommy Club at Crystal & Co.

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