It’s been about 20 degrees on average around these parts for a few weeks now, and it’s as gloomy as gloomy gets. I know I should be used to this because every Utah winter is harsh, but I’m not! In fact, I’ve been here 39 winters and I know I’ll never get used to them. I’ve had on my Ugg Boots for the last 17 days and I don’t care if they’re out of fashion, they aren’t coming off until the thermometer goes up a bit.
I do know a great bowl of chili, especially one with Certified Angus Beef, and bold Mexican flavors, can be counted on to make everyone at the table a little happier, despite the fact that only this morning, that pesky ground hog decided there’s six more weeks of winter coming our way. My family of four ate this in one sitting a few nights ago. We all just sat around and slurped our winter blues right away.
I used Certified Angus Beef Sirloin in this because it adds meaty richness, body, and texture to the chili, and is so easy to brown up in minutes. I always have a few pounds on hand because we use it so much. When I was growing up, if you had a pound of ground beef of any sort, you had a meal. That’s the kind of childhood knowledge I’m always glad I picked up along the way!
The quinoa in this recipe makes it a little bit trendy and gives a really nice texture and a bit of a nutty flavor. The bright garnishes of red onion, jalapeno, and limes give you a little reminder as you eat it that summer will eventually come again. Of course I use all kind of peppers and beans in this too, because in my book, you can’t add to much of this and that to a pot of beefy chili. Just clean that fridge right out and use up what you’ve got.
By the way, I entered this chili recipe into the Virtual Chili Cookoff with Certified Angus Beef this week on Instagram and it was selected as the winner! Isn’t that the neatest thing? There were so many gorgeous looking bowls of chili posted by people everywhere and they picked mine? I’m feeling pretty warm and fuzzy in spite of the cold right now! Thank you Certified Angus Beef…I am truly grateful for the honor!