According to a 2008 interview, our nation's chief is quite the home chef, and his favorite preparation is his family's chili recipe. This multi-ingredient, all-American stew has apparently made the rounds at family dinners and potlucks and, when you stop to think about it, perfectly embodies our multicultural President and nation.
And given that he's perhaps one of the busiest men in America, it's also rather fitting that this chili recipe is incredibly fast and simple. It may lack that slow-simmered flavor depth that a carefully cultivated pot of chili gains over the course of an entire day on the stove, but we certainly won't veto it as a tasty homemade dinner.
Flexible as a president should be, this recipe is receptive to any fresh herbs and spices you have on hand. And don't forget the toppings: sour cream and cheddar cheese are the classics, but I broke free of those bipartisan politics with some crumbled Fritos corn chips! Read on for the recipe.
1 tbsp. olive oil Serves 4.
6 slices thick bacon, roughly chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
Several cloves garlic, chopped
1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 14-ounce can red kidney beans, drained
6 roma tomatoes, roughly chopped
Shredded cheddar cheese (for garnish)
Sour cream (for garnish)
Fritos (for garnish)
1 tbsp. olive oil
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