Have you ever made one of those meals where you just throw a bunch of stuff together and pray it tastes good? That’s what happened tonight.
As I have mentioned before, I have been staying with my friend’s grandmother who is 91 years young and recovering from a hip replacement. Today it was so cold and gloomy looking outside and Miss Teenie declared that she would love to have some chili. I told her we could definitely do that. Her granddaughter was going grocery shopping for her this afternoon so I asked her to pick up “stuff for chili”. Her granddaughter is one of my closest friends and while she is not much of a cook, I knew she would know what “stuff for chili” was because chili is one of the few dishes she cooks. Well, she did come home with ground beef and a chili seasoning packet but none of the other ingredients we needed.
I had already told Miss Teenie I would fix her a pot of chili so I knew I had to improvise. I started digging through her cabinets and refrigerator and managed to round up some stuff that I prayed would work. Here’s what I ended up using:
* 1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
* 2 leftover pork tenderloins that I fixed for her last night. I shredded them to use in the chili.
* 1 packet of chili seasoning
* Pinto beans that were leftovers that I had fixed for her earlier in the week
* 1 onion, diced
* 1 medium size jar of Salsa. I then filled the jar with water and added the water to the chili too.
* 1 can of beer. She says she doesn’t drink. I think it was left behind from a visiting family member.
* Ketchup…I used about 1/2 cup to give it more of a tomato flavor
I like macaroni and cheese in my chili so I made a box of Mac n cheese and added to the chili once it was finished.
This was one of those meals where I knew I was headed in the right direction but I wasn’t sure about the final destination. But my chili turned out to be delicious. I have to admit it was some of the best chili I have ever made and Miss Teenie said it was “daggone good chili” and the best stuff she had ever tasted in her whole life. Considering the fact that she is 91 years and has lived a pretty long life I take that as quite a compliment!