Little W was born on the morning of Superbowl Sunday almost two years ago. And while I wasn’t watching much of the game that evening, in true Superbowl form, I was eating some delicious hospital food. (While my writing is usually rife with sarcasm, that my friends, was no lie…our hospital had the absolute best chicken club, the crispiest bacon and amazingly seasoned steak fries. I’m pretty sure I ordered that combo at every meal while I was there…maybe even breakfast…)
But I guess that is neither here nor there, except to say that the Superbowl means a good game (hopefully) and even better food. Oh, and the end of football season. Amen.
So what’s on the menu for the big game, you ask? Three words…
I pinned the recipe earlier this fall and absolutely loved it. Chili on a cold day is always good, but this chili has a really exceptional flavor profile with layers upon layers of unexpected flavors. Yes. I was watching Master Chef Junior last night. So what am I trying to say?
It’s a flavor-explosion in your mouth. It’s a warm hug on a cold day.
Cumin, oregano, cinnamon, allspice, chipotle peppers…garlic, onion and bay leaves…velvety pureed pumpkin and mouth-watering pumpkin beer. Carrots, yellow peppers and black beans. Keep the beef, or omit for a vegan spin. Go off-recipe and maybe even add some sweet potato. Top it off with cheddar cheese, or sour cream, or greek yogurt or make a little chipotle mayo/sour cream/greek yogurt. Everyone loves a good dollop of something on their chili.
It’s savory, smokey and has a hint of sweet. It’s a vibrant masterpiece in a bowl, frankly. Oh, and it’s amazing as leftovers. You can’t go wrong.
I bet Gisele is going to whip up a batch of this for her hunny before the big game. Yup. So that means you probably should, too.