Saturday, December 09, 2006

chili for chilly times

all that talk of chili and no one suggested this recipe? :p

i've never made chili with potatoes in it - or bell peppers for that matter!
are y'all up for it?

p.s. i've been waaaaaay busy lately and not around much after my brief appearance way back in the whole sandwich thang, but i'll do my best to participate more often. yeehaw!

p.p.s i'm sorry if this shows up twice; for some reason it completely disappeared a moment ago (yes, i refreshed to see if it would come back and no, i don't think i'm so stupid as to delete it but ya never know. ;) )


At December 09, 2006 9:41 AM, Blogger stagflation said...

that's the idea!
i think i will try the suggest sweet potato variation.
also, i am going to try the chocolate.
i'm not sure about the sundried tomatoe paste, maybe i'll just get sundried tomatoes and mash them up a bunch?

At December 09, 2006 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds great! I use green (and often red) bell peppers in my chili all the time. Their flavor blends really well with tomatoes.

At December 09, 2006 12:02 PM, Blogger michelleknits said...

yeah, if you have mashed sundried tomatoes, i bet that would work the same way.

do you think plain old regular tomato paste would work just as well? or do you think it would miss that somethin' somethin'? i have some leftover from making sauce.

i think i'd like to add chocolate chips so i can buy it in bulk, rather than buying a bar of chocolate that i know i'll just eat up real fast. i have no idea how many chips = two squares!!! a small handful? ideas???

except for the bell peppers and the chocolate, i have the other ingredients already!!!

At December 09, 2006 12:02 PM, Blogger michelleknits said...

brenda -- this is the second time we've simultaneoulsy posted!!!

At December 09, 2006 1:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HaHa! Funny that we simultaneously posted again! :O)

You know, I think that chocolate used in chili is usually unsweetened (the recipe doesn't specify, so I could be very wrong), but I think if you use regular tomato paste, you could get away with using sweetened chocolate because the sundried tomato paste is usually sweeter than the regular. I would suggest 1/8 cup (or 2 tablespoons) of chocolate chips.

I have some very dark chocolate (not very sweet at all) that I will probably use as well. I think the decision to use sweetened chocolate depends on if you like tomato-based soups/sauces a bit sweeter, or if you prefer a more salty/tangy flavor.

At December 09, 2006 1:18 PM, Blogger gwern said...

i've never been keen on sundried tomatoes so i'm just going to use the regular old tomato paste too. i think it'll be okay. :)

At December 09, 2006 1:21 PM, Blogger Debbie said...

I'm skeptical about using sweetened chocolate here, perhaps unsweetened baking chocolate (is that vegan?), or even cocoa (which I actually have on hand).

I figured out what a "mashed swede" is, but what does 3 x 1/2 peppers mean? Half of each of a red, yellow and green pepper? Red/yellow/orange peppers are running at $2.50 *each* now here in the midwest, with green peppers not much less, so I'll stick with the one large geen pepper I already have instead.

At December 09, 2006 1:59 PM, Blogger stagflation said...

i picked up some bittersweet dark chocolate which i intend to use for this recipe.

At December 09, 2006 3:20 PM, Blogger michelleknits said...

hmmm, i sampled a barley-sweetened chocolate chip from the coop the other day and i think that might be the ticket. not completely dark but not very sweet either. good that the regular tomato paste is ok cause i just remembered that aaron doesn't really like sundried tomatoes too much, either!

i think i'm going to use one large bell pepper -- maybe a red or an orange. i don't want to have halfs of three different types laying around, though i thought it was cool how she suggested we make paprikash with the leftovers! if it were the summer, i wouldn't mind, but since i didn't go to the farmer's market today, i'm not gonna get a great price on the peppers, either.

i wish i liked green pepper...

At December 10, 2006 11:59 AM, Blogger gwern said...

yeah, i think 3 x 1/2 is half of each pepper. i'm using whatever peppers i have on hand though (i don't like green peppers either, michelle). barley-sweetened chips sounds great for this!

At December 11, 2006 9:57 AM, Anonymous Dame Fandango said...

I'm glad you liked my recipe!!!

Perhaps you'd like to visit the main site and see the rest of my recipes too at

As far as the questions go, I use Green & Blacks vegan dark chocolate - don't know if you have an equivalent. I don't think I'd fancy sweetened chocolate but each to her own.

I've listed it as 3 x 1/2 peppers in order that you can decide which to use - my kids like it to be as brightly coloured as possible so I tend to use different ones but all the same is still fine.

I use sundried tomato paste just because the taste is so intense it seems to add a certain something, but it would still be fine with ordinary tomato paste.

I think I picked up all the comments - if anything isn't clear just drop me a line on the comments form on my site - I pick up all the mails so I'll be able to get back to you pretty quickly (though I'm in the UK so there may be delays due to time zones!)

Its lovely to find a group of people who are willing to try out new things!!!

Dame Fandango

At December 12, 2006 9:58 AM, Blogger michelleknits said...

Aw, how sweet that you answered all these comments!


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