It is a cold day today in Texas and Gloria's thought you might be looking for ways you can stay warm. In most areas, the snow has now melted, and you can get anywhere you need to go. What better way to stay warm than by stopping in at your closest Gloria's Restaurant for some authentic Latin and El Salvadorian Food. It will keep you warm from your head to your toes, and you will be able to stay warm all night with some great salsa music and salsa dancing.
We understand that you might not be thinking about going out, especially with the weather, so we wanted to provide you with a great recipe for some chili that are sure to keep you warm inside. We have to confess; this is not our chili recipe but we have used a couple times and it is from one of our favorite food blog websites Two Peas and Their Pod. They call it Dad's Spicy Chili, and it makes 16 servings. Definitely enough if you want to have some friends and family over to get warm with you. Enjoy!
Dad's Spicy Chili
1 1/2 bags (24 ounces) of dry small red beans 2 lbs. Italian sausage (or 1 lb. Italian sausage and 1 lb. ground hamburger) 1 large onion, diced
6 bay leaves
1 teaspoon salt
2 (28 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 (16 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
3 tablespoons chili powder
3 tablespoons ground cumin
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/3 cup jalapeno slices
1. Soak beans in a large pot overnight. When ready to cook the chili, add the diced onion, bay leaves and salt to the beans and boil until the beans are soft. Pour out excess water until the water and bean levels are the same.
2. Brown the meat in a large skillet. In a separate large pan, make the sauce. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, sugar, black pepper, red pepper, and jalapenos. Simmer for 15 minutes.
3. Add meat and sauce to the pot of beans and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve chili warm.
Note-you can adjust the seasonings to your likings. My dad likes it spicy! Also feel free to add your favorite chili toppings-cheese, crackers, green onion, sour cream, or butter-like my dad:) It is also great with cornbread.