The Roast With the Most…..Chili

Look deeply into my eyes, dear stranger, and tell me truly- is there anything ketchup can’t do?  I’m not positing that ketchup is the world’s great food but I will submit versatility as one of its admirable attributes.

Let’s review a few more of ketchup’s many redeeming qualities:

-is adept at making fast food palatable

-is ideal for making school lunch edible

-is a perfect topping for a hamburger

-is a handy interpersonal lubricant


For all that ketchup “is,” it is not chili. At least it wasn’t until today.




1 ½ pound beef roast

1/3 C ketchup

1/3 C El Pato Brand jalapeno salsa

1 T chili powder


1 T water

1 T cornstarch




  1. Mix ketchup, salsa, and chili powder.
  2. Brush the sauce onto the roast.
  3. Cook on low in a slow cooker for 8 hours.
  4. Remove liquid from slow cooker and place in a small sauce pan.
  5. In a small cup mix water and corn starch.
  6. Add starch mix to the liquid in the pan.
  7. Heat while stirring constantly until sauce thickens.
  8. Serve sliced meat with sauce.


The Roast With the Most…..Chili

The Roast With the Most…..Chili

Tasting Notes:


Roast with the most chili?  No, probably not. I could procure a hypodermic needle and subcutaneously inject the chili sauce into the roast.   In this way, I could beef up the chili level, (or would it technically be chili-ing up the beef?)  No matter, I like to stay the hell away from needles.

While falling short of having the most chili, this was the roast with the most flavor. I can unabashedly state that this is the best tasting roast I’ve had the extreme pleasure of eating.  It starts with the meat which was tender/firm and juicy with a solid beef flavor.  Then, of course is, the chili sauce.  The alchemy of a few simple ingredients and POOF, we have perfection.  The Involuntary tasters were totally loving it.  Not only as a dressing on the beef, but on potatoes, broccoli, and toast.  Yessir ketchup really shined in this iteration of the chili experiment, as did its new “wingman” El Pato Salsa.


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