Cheddar Cornbread Waffles and Tri-Chile

We got 20 inches of snow over the weekend.  Perfect weather to just stare out the window with a warm bowl of chili in your hands.

I know this is weak food photography. But I wanted to get the post up while it was fresh.


I have been working on my chili recipe for quite a while. There are two things that I think are critical to my chili: 1. Diversity of favors and textures, 2. Simplicity of those same flavors and textures.

I call it Tri-Chile because I use three different types of each main ingredients.

3 lbs Chuck Roast cubed
1 lb Ground Beef
1 lb Bacon diced and rendered
1 cup dried red beans
1 cup dried black beans
2 cups pinto beans
1 dried New Mexico Green chili chopped
2 dried chiptole chilies chopped
1 dried hanbanero chili chopped
2 large can of tomatoes
1 large can tomato sauce
1/2 small can tomato paste
1/2 cup dark Karo Syrup
3 tablespoons hot chili powder
2 tablespoons oregano
2 cups diced onions
2 bell diced bell peppers
3 bay leaves

This will fill an 8 quart crock pot to the top.
Wow looking at this list suddenly it doesn’t feel so simple, but really it is.

Soak the beans over-night in warm water (no salt)

Saute the bacon over medium heat until crispy, drain all but 2 tbls of the fat. Add onion, garlic and bell peppers cook until soft then move to the crock pot. Add roast meat and the ground beef and brown everything add to the crock pot. Drain beans and into the pot, then guess what happens to the tomatoes. Add the spices, stir. and put the lid on.

Turn heat to high until it starts to “boil” then turn to low for the next 6 hours. Enjoy the smells; they are amazing.

Cheddar Cornbread Waffles

1 3/4 cups corn meal
1 1/4 cup AP Flour
1 tbls Sugar
1 tbls baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cup milk
3 tbls vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese

Mix corn meal, flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar in a mixing bowl. In a separate mixer add milk, sugar, eggs and oil. Add dry ingredient to the wet ingredients mix while adding the cheese.

Cook according to your waffle irons instructions.

I also added some Peach-Habenero Syrup from a failed attempt to make Jelly. I would recomend some sort of sweet to the meal for the waffle. It will just add an additional layer of flavor.

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