Last night, I decided to make some chili to warm us up. I usually make my mom's chili, because that is what I grew up eating, and well, I like it. Adam, on the other hand, thought it was lacking something, so we have been trying to adapt the recipe to really make it ours. We finally found the correct combination of ingredients to make what is now known as Sumrall Chili (formally Mama's Chili). It's nice to have a recipe that is truly "ours" - not his mom's or my mom's, but ours.
1 lb ground meat
1 roll of sausage
3 cans kidney beans, drained
1 can tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste
1 chopped onion
1 (4 oz) can chopped jalapenos
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chiles
3 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
Brown meat, sausage and onions together in a large pot and drain. Return to pot and add remaining ingredients. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
Though there is still the Great Chili Debate - how to eat chili? I personally believe that the only way to eat chili is with crumbled up cornbread mixed in with the chili and a piece of cornbread on the side (homemade cornbread, of course). I believe this is the proper southern way to eat chili. Exhibit A:
Adam, on the other hand, says that this is not the southern way, but the redneck way (how dare he!). He believes the only way to eat chili is with Frito corn chips, cheese and sour cream (come on - it's chili, not taco soup!). Exhibit B:
You be the judge - which way do you prefer your chili? If you prefer cornbread, please comment. If you prefer corn chips,
Adam and I do agree on one thing though - the Chili was DELICIOUS!