Prep 24 hrs
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
Okay, I admit it -- it does sound like a "mess"! This is from a January 1987 article in Family Circle magazine about throwing a "super bowl bash" with John Madden. This is John Madden's favourite, apparently. In truth, I bet it's good!
- 1 cup dried red kidney beans
- water, as needed
- 1⁄4 lb bacon, diced
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 (16 ounce) can whole tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon leaf oregano, crumbled
- 1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1⁄2 lb spaghetti or 1⁄2 lb fettuccine, cooked according to package directions and drained
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can tamales, heated
- 1 small onion, sliced (for garnish)
- dried red pepper, for garnish
- Rinse and pick over beans; place in a medium-sized bowl and cover with water; let soak overnight.
- The next day, drain beans and place in a medium-size saucepan and add one quart of water.
- Bring to a boil over high heat, lower heat, cover; let simmer until beans are tender, 60 to 90 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook bacon in a Dutch oven or large skillet until crisp; remove with slotted spoon onto paper towels to drain.
- Pour off all but two tablespoons of the bacon fat; saute ground beef, large onion and garlic in bacon fat over high heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often.
- Add cooked bacon, undrained tomatoes, chili powder, salt, oregano and cayenne; stir well and bring to a boil.
- Lower heat, cover, and simmer for about 60 minutes, stirring every so often; steal some liquid from the beans and stir it in if mixture gets too thick.
- Now would be a good time to cook that spaghetti.
- Drain beans, add to meat/tomato mixture, and heat just to serving temperature.
- To serve, place hot drained spaghetti on a large platter and spoon all the chili on top.
- Cut tamales into pieces and arrange over chili.
- Finally, scatter raw onion and dried red peppers over top, and serve.