The attentive reader will note the paucity of beans in this chili recipe. The omission is by no accident of forgetfulness. Mrs. Chili365 has taken to eating beans as a matter of national defense. If you are thinking that this is some strange perversion of the victory garden movement of the 1940s, rest assured, it most certainly is not. Her goal, bless her altruistic little heart, is to save the nation from the repercussions of MY eating beans. Earlier today, as she hid in the corner of our (tiny) kitchen eating the remains of last night’s baked beans, I attempted to swoop in to swipe a forkful. No dice. Not only do petite Canadians have sharp elbows, they appear to be highly skilled in the art of fencing with forks. No sooner had I heard the utterance of “en garde” than I felt a stabbing pain shooting through my right hand. Okay, I can take a hint. I’ll lay off the beans. The Viking funeral she gave to the remaining cans of pintos was totally uncalled for. When did she learn how to shoot flaming arrows anyway?
I love picnic food. Cold cut sandwiches in a hoagie roll tricked out with lettuce, tomato, and condiments are the kind of summertime fare I look forward to all year. Top this by wedging some chili in the roll and now you have a picnic time game changer.
1 lb ground beef
1 C tomato sauce
1 T chili powder
1 T dried onion flakes
1 t garlic powder
1/3 C pickled banana pepper rings, cut into bits.
Sliced turkey cold cuts
1) Brown ground beef and drain the fat.
2) Add the remainder of the chili ingredients and simmer on low for 20 minutes.
3) Assemble the sandwiches any way you wish, just make sure there is plenty of chili in there.
The picnic style chili sandwiches were immaculate and messy. I loved them on a hoagie roll while the ITP liked theirs on pretzel buns. The flavor of the chili itself tended mild. This was by design, as I set out to have the chili “present and accounted for” in the sandwich, but I didn’t wish to have the chili overpowering the remaining ingredients. Chili can be a team player when it wants to be. Now if I could only get Mrs. Chili365 to be collegial and share the beans.