Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Dental Patient Chili

Coming back from my mental dental appointment this afternoon, the LAST thing I felt like doing was cooking dinner for the ravenous throng at my house. I had two molars drilled and filled, and the novacaine (sp?) was doing it's thing, making the right side of my mouth a tingling, twitching, and numb space where no sugary matter should ever be allowed to visit again. This is highly unlikely since I've never met a gummy bear I didn't love.
Dinner therefore had to be quick and easy and of course comforting. Well, three cheers for chili! It's just what the dental patient ordered. A nice big bowl with a side of corn chips, tonight I'm using Abuelita's brand, and a couple of dollops of sour cream in addition to a sprinkling of cheddar, and everyone is happy.
I was not able to enjoy the chili during the first shift, as my mouth was still filled with an awful metallic taste and the lingering effects of the novacaine. But I'll have some as I watch Scrubs later tonight, and believe me I'm looking forward to it. This version is meat free, but I really don't think that even die-hard carnivores miss the carne. The addition of sour cream endows it with creaminess and coolness that I think is fantastic.

Chop up one med. sized onion, mince 2 cloves of garlic, and chop 1 small green pepper add to a saucepan with 1 tbsp. of veg. oil. Stir until onion starts to soften. Add 1 28oz. can of diced tomatoes and a 15 oz. can tomato sauce, 2 cans of drained kidney beans. Add half package of chili seasoning powder (I used Ortega) or 4 tbsp. of chili powder. Dump a 4 oz. can of diced green chilies. Bring to a boil and simmer until you feel it's ready. Add a few tbsp. of sour cream, stir and dig in!

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