The calendar has struck April. The annual heirloom tomato ritual may now commence. Heirloom tomatoes will make fantastic salsa and undoubtedly anchor incredible chili. This harvest and consumption of perfectly ripe fruit will, of course, be occurring someplace else, not here at Chili365 headquarters. The ritual I refer to is my well-intentioned practice of ordering unusual varieties of tomatoes only to murder the plants before they bear fruit. Consider me the tomato grim reaper, perpetrator of an annual tomato holocaust. Today I was excited to return home from a looong run (>20, wadded up bills still in pocket) to be greeted by an envelope containing unique varieties of tomatoes. Invariably I will send each of them to a premature grave. Hooray for mail order and its penchant for sustaining my barbaric botanic behaviors.
I need calories today and nachos just may have a few to spare. I have parlayed the ingredients into the “C” chili. Hooray for letters.
3.5 oz white onions cut into large rings
1T olive oil
1 T chili oil
1 C cooked chicken, cut up
½ C tomato sauce
1 T chili powder
1 t cumin
1 pound corn chips
2 ½ C shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/3 C chopped sweet peppers
3/4 C slice black olives
1 large Roma tomato (not grown in my garden), sliced
4 oz sour cream
¾ C salsa
1) Fry onions in olive oil until soft
2) Coat onions with chili oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
3) Set aside.
4) Cook chili ingredients together in a small pan by simmer for 20 minutes.
5) Set aside
6) Place chips on a large cooking sheet and cover with cheese.
7) Bake at 400F for 10 minutes, or until cheese melts.
8) Cover cheesy chips with remaining ingredients, including onions and chicken chili.
The nachos were a hit with the ITP. Salt, fat, chili- the gourmet trinity is all here. The chicken chili element of this dish was slightly lacking, with each of us agreeing that it ought to have had more flavor. The chili fried onions, however, packed plenty of pizzazz. I wish I would have had a full pound of these little delights snuggled tightly within the confines of the gooey cheesy chips. In sum, this dish was a success and no heirloom seedlings were injured in the process.