by Anza Goodbar
(last updated November 7, 2012)
I hate winter snow, but it brings about time to make all kinds of soups and chilis. Chili is one of those foods that can be played with to add variety. I don't think I've ever had a variety of chili that I didn't like.
Below I have outlines some of my favorite ingredients for making chili. Play with it and make it your own. I have always been of the opinion that a recipe is a guideline for creativity, not something that is set in stone.
One of my favorite ways to serve chili on a cold winter day is part of a baked potato bar. I will bake several large baked potatoes. While the potatoes are cooking, I'll fill bowls with shredded cheddar cheese, dice tomatoes, green onions, sliced black olives, sour cream, and crumbled bacon.
To serve, smash the potato with an open hand to flatten. Slice down the middle, and smoosh together to open up the face of the potato. The insides should be soft and flakey. Ladle hot chili over the top of the potato, top with your favorite toppings.
I also like to buy sour dough bread bowls. I carve out the middle of the bowl, leaving enough structure to support the soup with out causing leaks. I dice the bread that was taken from the middle. I use the bread squared to dunk in the juice rather than crackers. This make for a great football food option. It requires little preparation and is a hearty meal.
Serve with corn bread.
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