To the pan add 1 small diced white onion, 1 diced green pepper and 1 diced jalapeño pepper. Saute the veggies until soft, about 10 minutes.
Next up we add 1 can of chicken broth, 2 cans of drained kidney beans, 1 can of Ro-tel, 1/2 cup of chili sauce, 1 tablespoon each of chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and a teaspoon of dried oregano.
Cook the chili for about 45 minutes until thickened, if not thickened enough, you can add a tablespoon of brown rice flour to the chili and stir well to thicken.
All that's left to do is ladle the chili into bowls and top with crushed tortilla chips, shredded cheddar and hot sauce. We were blown away by the flavors this hodgepodge chili produced. It was earthy, spicy, rich and delicious. It's a chili we threw together but now one that we would make again and again.
Lagunitas Night Time - As a general rule, we don't pass up a new Lagunitas offering, ever. These six packs were just off the truck at our local liquor store when we snatched them up. The Night Time ale true to its name pours dark black and shiny like onyx. The head is tan and bubbly and stands atop the ale like a root beer float. The aroma is all grapefruit, which was getting us ready for a tasty black IPA. The flavor, while bitter with citrus peel also has a good amount of black pepper spiciness, charcoal smoke and rich unsweetened cocoa notes. It's a super complex ale that wears many hats, all of them delicious. The beer worked really well with the chili too, the beer's spiciness and hoppiness melded nicely with those same spicy notes in the chili.
ABBOT "Between Our Past and Future Lives" - This new album from Finland's ABBOT was quite the find. Bringing elements of the melodic Swedish stoner rock scene with the free-flowing fuzz of Palm Desert and mixing in the classic hard rock of Alice Cooper, "Between Our Past and Future Lives" captures all of it to produce a no-frills, good time album. "Child of Light" is the disc's opener and lays down a fuzzy bluesy riff that is reminiscent of Mammoth Volume's "Helly's Creek". It's one of the best tracks on the album and really sets the tone for what is to follow. On "Diamond Heart" the pace picks up considerably. The frenetic punk beat is countered with vocals that are equal part Hank III and They Might Be Giants. The twangy, desert-y "Grave Encounters" has that summery feel of Masters of Reality. "Moonsnake Child" is a melodic slice of metal right out of the NWOBHM book. It's back to the blues on "Supermind" with a Scorps-like "The Zoo" riff that forms the backbone of the song allowing for the guitar to noodle itself around in fuzzy fashion. The title track is a nice piece of boogie rock and roll mixing classic Deep Purple with Fu Manchu. Another bluesy gem is "Mr. Prowler Man" which gives a little more of a nod to the late 60s psychedelic blues than anything else. The album ends with the slow churning "Keep on Moving" that true to its name, keeps on moving until it becomes one hell of a barn burner. It's up there as one of the disc's best tracks.