Gina D’ Arcangelo is a true Chili Queen. She has won numerous chili competitions, gives chili demonstrations and is a bbq competitor. We just so happen to be friends. She gifted me a very special package of her chili mix. It is a secret combination of dried chili powder, onion & garlic powder, cumin, beef bouillon and all blended to her special specifications. We are going to make a ‘Bowl of Red’ today. This should be tasty fun.
Gina’s chili package comes in a convenient one serving portion. This mix is combined with a pound of cooked hamburger, a can of pinto beans, water and a can of tomato sauce. Of course, there will be a Chilebrown addition of several slices of chopped bacon. I just cannot resist. This process could not be simpler. The hamburger was browned in a cast iron chili pot that had previously cooked the bacon. The powder mix, water and tomato sauce were added. This all simmered for 30 minutes. The beans were added and simmered for an additional 20 minutes. See how easy that was.
We served this in a bowl with a dollop of sour cream. This was a special bowl of red. Gina knows her chili. It was flavorful with chili warmth. The cumin added an earthiness. There is just something special about a flavorful mix of chili, carne (meat) and beans. I say warmth in the sense of comfort and not burning chili heat. Gina told us this was a mild blend. . Gina’s special chili blend is not available commercially at this time but may be in the future. Thank’s Gina. This chili won awards in our household