I’m a member of the Maryland Business Connection Networking group and they held their Annual Kick-off Event which was a Chili Showcase and Coat Drive on Thursday. It was a great success and they collected hundreds of donations!
Well I wanted to set up a table to promote my cooking classes and trips to Italy… but then I thought… why not make some Chili and be part of the event that way?!?
The only problem here is that I am trying to promote ITALIAN cooking and trips… Chili isn’t really on most Italian menus!
Well, anytime you are part of a showcase or contest where everyone is making the same dish the one thing you want to do is stand out and be different.
SO.. I decided to make ITALIAN CHILI!
What a fun event! People asked me what made my chili Italian…of course the smart aleck that I am replied “I made it! I’m Italian!” OK- OK- after a few laughs I’d then explain what I put it in to make it Italian. Well people kept coming back for more so I guess it was pretty good!
Now as I give you the recipe here… I have to share a secret. I have never made “Italian Chili” before! In fact I made it up the day before the showcase! You might ask why I’m telling you this as most people want to come off as experienced in everything they do. Well, I am experienced. Experienced in cooking.
The reason I find such joy in teaching people how to cook is just this. When you know flavors and textures and meats and vegetables and such, you can just cook something up without a recipe. My life has been like an episode of chopped every day for over 20 years!…especially with my 6 kids! Open the “basket” and see what’s in the cabinets or refrigerator and MAKE SOMETHING GOOD! I find such enjoyment whipping something up out of “nothing” and seeing happy faces around my table.
So here is the recipe I just made up this week. I hope you enjoy it as much as the 300 people who tried it did! I guess I can now say this is a tried and true successful recipe!
I also want to thank my friend Diane who is always ready and willing to help me at events! She is earning her way to being fed for life! <3
Dorina’s Italian Chili
3 lbs Ground Beef
2lbs Italian Sausage (sweet or hot or half and half!)
2-3 Sweet peppers (mix of colors!)
(Italian Hot Peppers are amazing if you can find and want to add)
2-3 cans Cannellini Beans
2-3 cans Crushed tomatoes
5 cloves Garlic
6-8 leaves of fresh Basil or tablespoon dried
½-3/4 cup Wine (red or white!)
8 shakes of Worcestershire sauce
Hot sauce to taste
Cayenne pepper to taste
Black pepper to taste
Salt as needed
Brown the beef. Drain fat.
Boil sausage to get all the fat out! Then peel skins and break up.
While meat is cooking, dice/chop peppers and onions and garlic and saute in another pot.
Once both are cooked mix together. Add beans. Add everything else.
Let cook until everything is cooked and melded together.
Serve with mozzarella cheese on top and Italian bread.
You could also treat it like a spicy bolognese style sauce and serve over pasta! I bet THAT would be so good!
Enjoy! And please come back and let me know what you think!