Beer and Wine Chili- February 3rd

Today the ITP increased in ranks, if only temporarily. It is truly an occasion when guest panel members arrive and I am always quick to shove a bowl of piping hot chili in front of them. Today’s guest panel and the long suffering permanent ITP were in for a treat. Beer and wine took center stage for this chili concoction. If you deduced that I had extra booze lying around after last night’s snooze-fest of a football “game”, you’d be spot on. Even a cursory survey of the prime time debacle would clearly indicate that one team was not eating enough chili.

1.5 lbs ground beef

Brown ground beef and drain off the fat
Add the following:
6 oz homebrew (IPA)
1- 14 oz can diced tomato
2T chili powder
1T New Mexican chili powder
6 oz tomato paste
2 roasted banana peppers
1 t garlic powder
½ C red wine

Simmer for 1 hour

Add the following:
2T brown sugar
1 can pinto beans (drained)
¼ C barbeque sauce
Simmer for 30 minutes.
Serve with shredded cheese, chopped onion, chopped green pepper

Beer and wine chili.

Beer and wine chili.

Tasting notes. The guest panel members politely “liked” the chili. I thank them for their harmless dishonesty. The ITP did not like the chili and they let me know about it. I would have to agree. I messed up. Here is what went wrong verbatim from January 17th’s Cubano Chili post: “First a word of caution- do not eat this (chili) while downing homemade IPAs. While this chili and my IPAs are excellent in isolation, together form a vortex of pain on the tongue. Apparently aggressive hops and spicy chili can collaborate for the purposes of evil and taste bud mayhem. My advice- It is best to drink the IPA while making the chili, wait at least an hour, then dig in.”
Yep, that was the correct assessment. Somehow in the course of 2.5 weeks, I had forgotten my note of caution and added IPA directly to the chili. History is a tool, but like any tool you need to take it out of the box in order to make use of it. Jeez, I should utilize the search function on this blog before anyone else gets hurt. If you wish to make this chili, use a lager.

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