Monday, February 3, 2014

Game day chili with Cherry Chipotle Not Ketchup

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Starting a new business like Not Ketchup is hard.

Starting a new business like Not Ketchup when you're also running another business like The Kerekes Group is really hard.

Starting a new business like Not Ketchup when you have another business to run and kids to feed and pay attention to and a husband to feed and pay attention to and laundry to fold and parties to throw and conferences to attend and meetings to lead and....well, you get the idea.

To be clear, I am not complaining. At all. I love my new business, love my work, love my family, love my food blogging colleagues. Everything is going extremely well. I'm just busy and tired.

Which is why I wasn't able to muster up anything fancy for the February meeting of Food Bloggers Los Angeles. The potluck theme was "Chocolate and Champagne." I made chili. Fortunately, my chili has a secret ingredient that kept me within the rules.

And here's a new discovery: A slug of Cherry Chipotle Not Ketchup did great things for this pot of chili. A little sweet, a little smoky, a little spicy, a little acid - it was just the thing. Highly recommend.

[For those of you who missed the news, Not Ketchup is my new line of "ketchups" made with fruit instead of tomatoes. Yes, I know tomatoes are botanically fruits. You know what I mean. Click here to learn more about Not Ketchup and order online if you're so inclined.]

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Game Day Chili with Cherry Chipotle Not Ketchup
A big pot of this slightly spicy chili makes any game day a special event. The two secret ingredients: cocoa powder and Cherry Chipotle Not Ketchup.
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 large yellow onions, diced
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 1/3 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 15-ounce cans dark red kidney beans
  • 2 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Cherry Chipotle Not Ketchup
  • shredded cheese and chopped green onions (for garnish)
In a large pot, brown the ground beef and ground turkey together over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Add the onions and red bell peppers and cook another 5 minutes until the vegetables are starting to wilt.Add the chili powder, cocoa powder, beans, tomatoes, salt, and Cherry Chipotle Not Ketchup to the pot. Bring to a simmer, turn the heat down to low, and cover the pot. Cook 1 hour, or up to 4 hours (the longer it cooks, the better the flavors will develop and meld - just keep checking to make sure it's not getting dry, and if it is, add some water). Serve hot, garnished with shredded cheese and green onions.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 10-12 servings


Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious said...

Oh this was PLENTY fancy for me! I loved it (might admit to having 2 cups of it), the spicing was just perfect (not too hot, not too tame), and very complex flavor. LOVE!

caren said...

So great to chat "product talk" with you on sunday! I have not yet had a chance to try Not Ketchup yet, but looking forward to it :)

Valentina said...

I think Not Ketchup lends itself perfectly to this sort of dish. Yum! And who says chili isn't fancy!? :-)

Valentina said...

I think Not Ketchup lends itself perfectly to this sort of dish. (The Smoky Date would be delicious in the chili, too.) Yum! And who says chili can't be fancy!? ;-)

Cathy @ She Paused 4 Thought said...

This chili was fabulous. Thanks for sharing with all of us at FBLA.

Unknown said...

That cherry chipotle did wonders to this chili!

Christina | Christina's Cucina said...

I'm not a big "chili-person" but this was delicious-I went back for thirds! xx

Priscilla | ShesCookin said...

I like my chili (my secret ingredient is coffee), but I think I'll be tweaking it with more meat, cocoa and Not Ketchup after tasting yours!! It was the bomb!

Erika Kerekes said...

@Priscilla coffee, that's genius! I'm trying that next time. @Christina @Alanna @Cathy @Valentina @Dorothy so glad you all liked it. @Caren great talking with you too - cannot wait to continue comparing notes. :)

Anonymous said...

Ordering my sample pack to mow and I'll have to try this one. My wife is ordering it. Angela. And I wear 3x or 2xt shirt. Hint hint.

Erika Kerekes said...

@Anonymous I sent out your order today - so sorry, I am all out of t-shirts! I thought they would last through the week but then I had a FLOOD of orders after the ABC segments any case, thank you so much for your order and please let me know how you like Not Ketchup!

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