Monday, November 4, 2013

A very strange Idea

"They say i went crazy once"...
Okay, i think i still am...
There was this chili cook-off benefiting the local food bank, i have participated 4 years now...
the last 3 i made traditional Texas chili, meat, no beans.
It was not received well.
As i said, i went a bit nuts and created a dessert chili...
not just any dessert chili, but a meatless, full of beans, COLD dessert chili!
As it turns out it was not just vegetarian, not just Vegan, but gluten free also.
I was surprised that it was well received in the cold, windy tent where it was held this year.
There were celebrities (Hunter for the Rachel vs Guy kid celebrity chef competition was one).
I did not expect to "win" (and no i did not), but i decided to throw away the box, so here is the recipe:

A special Thanks to Irene Hahn for the pictures!

Vegan and served cold

1 bag dried small red beans
4 apples, cored and peeled
16 oz canned pumpkin
1 red chili peppers, seeded and diced
1 red jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
2 Hatch chili peppers seeded and diced
1/2 Habenero pepper, seeded and diced
1 beer
1/2 cup raw sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
1 quart apple juice
1 sweet red pepper, diced
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon anchiote powder
1 bar of dark chocolate

soak beans in water overnight and drain
cook with water, apples and pumpkin at a simmer for 2 hours
blend and then strain with a course open strainer
add all other ingredients, except for the beer and bring back to a simmer
simmer until the chili becomes very thick,
the last 30 minutes may require constant stirring

Cool and serve cold