Monday, November 10, 2008

The Obama Family Chili Recipe

Candidate Barack Obama narrated his family recipe for chili to a number of reporters while on the 2008 campaign trail, and it's also been published in various places on the internet. The recipe is straightforward and simple, and can be made with turkey or ground beef, and served over white or brown rice. According to "eye witness" accounts--including Chef Leah Chase of the legendary Dooky Chase restaurant in New Orleans--Mr. Obama likes to douse his food in hot sauce, post-cooking. He's gone on the record about hot sauce: "All the time, on everything."

The Obama Family Chili Recipe

1 large onion, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

Several cloves of garlic, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 pound ground turkey or beef

1/4 teaspoon (each) of ground cumin, ground oregano, ground turmeric, and ground basil

1 tablespoon chili powder

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Several tomatoes, depending on size, chopped

1 can red kidney beans

1. Sauté onions, green pepper and garlic in olive oil until soft.

2. Add ground meat and brown. Combine spices together into a mixture, then add to ground meat.

3. Add red wine vinegar. Add tomatoes and let simmer, until tomatoes cook down.

4. Add kidney beans and cook for a few more minutes.

Serve over white or brown rice. Garnish with grated cheddar cheese, onions and sour cream.

*Photo: Candidate Obama at Dooky Chase during a campaign stop, when he was about to eat gumbo--and douse it in hot sauce. Via AP.