Chili, Beer, and a Florida Fall.

There is almost nothing better than a good beer, good homemade chili, and a beautiful fall day.

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Now that we are living in Florida, our experience of fall has changed a bit. It takes a while for it to get “cold.” We have our Christmas tree up with all of the windows open, and AC running at times. There aren’t too many palm trees shedding their fall leaves. The weather down here has taken some getting used to, but it definitely has some really great perks (beach, windows open during the winter, lots of outdoor ‘winter’ activities, etc.)

Today is simply such a beautiful day, I thought it would be fantastic to bust out one of my sacred Tennessee brews, Yazoo Gerst, and get to making our first batch of boar chili of the season!

Last fall, Z went boar hunting and got us a ton of sausage. It has been so tasty to substitute my typical chili meat with this yummy boar caught by Z himself. There’s something so manly in hunting for your own food!

Here’s my chili recipe for today (I tend to tweek it depending on what I have), originally inspired by my amazingly talented sister.

Today’s Fall Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Sausage ( I typically do 1 sausage and 1 ground beef, but I don’t want to take away from the boar today).
  • 7ish small multicolored peppers, diced (typically I use 1/2 of a red and 1/2 of a green bell pepper).
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 32 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans of light red kidney beans, rinsed (I typically do one light red and one dark red–multicolors make the chili even prettier!)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 TBL garlic powder
  • 1 TBL chili powder
  • Toppings–
    • Sour cream
    • Fritos
    • Chives
    • Hot sauce (my husband enjoys Hot Sauce from Hell)
Click on the picture to try this hot sauce!

And of course, the #1 topping–shredded cheese. I shred from a block–there is just nothing better than freshly grated cheese. If you don’t have a rotary grater, click on this one to snag yourself one! It is a must have in our home!

  • Directions:
    • In a pot, brown the meat with the onion and peppers
    • Once browned, add minced garlic and stir until fragrant
    • Throw in the canned items and seasoning
    • Simmer for 2+ hours
    • Add more seasoning to your taste preference (I totally throw seasonings in depending on what I think tastes good :))
    • Add toppings and enjoy!

 

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