Every football fan knows that food is an integral part of the game-watching experience, or is that just me?!
Well, in our house we planned it out like it was a major holiday. The Ohio State-Michigan game was the pinnacle of football season and for the majority of my football-loving friends and family it still is.
There was one particular year that we had everything you could possibly imagine on the table for the game, I secretly dubbed it “pig-fest” (you know, pig-skin, football, food, gorging oneself…) It was unbelievable. To this day there has never been another one like it, which for our own health is probably a good thing.
Chili is a great football food, you can make it in a huge batch the day before or the morning of the game and the longer it sits, the better it gets.
I made some last night in preparation for today’s Buckeye game and as good as it was last night, I know it will have developed even more flavor today.
This recipe is courtesy of my Dad (thank you!) and it’s the only chili I ever make. It is delicious, but it reminds me of home and as is the case with most of the things I make for myself it is familiar and comforting food.
- 1 1/2 pounds (organic) ground turkey
- 2 cans diced tomato (14.5 oz can)
- 2 cans kidney beans (15.5 oz can)
- 2 medium yellow onions, diced
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 TB sugar
- 4 TB chili powder
- 2 TB canola oil
- salt & pepper
- In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add onions, peppers & celery. Cook until onions are translucent.
- Add turkey, chili powder and garlic, break up turkey as it browns and season with salt & pepper.
- (At this point, if you like your chili with extra broth, add 2 cups of water)
- Add diced tomatoes and sugar and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Add beans and continue to simmer for at least 30 minutes, up to an additional hour.
- This can also be done in the crock pot and left to simmer while you go about your day!
- diced red onion
- shredded cheese
- sour cream
- chopped cilantro
- saltines/oyster crackers