I’m Chilly Let’s Eat Chili

Forecast in the STL this week is gloomy and cold. To me that just screams chili! Not just any chili, Wendys chili. Now, I did some serious research on this. I am talking reading recipe after recipe until I came across one written by someone with such a passion for Wendys I knew I had to try this out. The post was long but honestly super informative and entertaining. I now know very much about Wendys. I’ll just lock that info up just incase I end up at a bar with a Wendys themed trivia night.

Rosie from the Wedding Singer. Rest in peace Rosie.

Why Wendys chili? Simple, my boyfriend loves it and I love him. Being Greek it is in my blood to feed the ones I love the foods that they love. I might be 30 on the outside but on the inside I am a 75 year old Yiayia (that’s grandma in Greek). Think of it like this, have you ever seen the movie The Wedding Singer? Ya know the one with Adam Sandler? Theres that adorable little old lady, Rosie that he is teaching to sing. Well she makes Robbie some meatballs and insists he takes a bite in front of her so she can watch him enjoy the food. THATS ME. I AM THIS OLD LADY.

Anyway, when it comes to chili I prefer it to be a bit sweet, lots of tomato and A LOT of heat. This is not a recipe for that but it’s fine I will just add an unhealthy amount of hot sauce to my bowl.

Here we go!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (15oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14.5oz) can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 (16oz) can kidney beans
  • 1 (15oz) can pinto beans
  • 1 (4oz) can chopped green chilis
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Shredded cheese, sour cream and green onion for garnish

Canned ingredient ounces may vary, use your best judgement 🙂

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Add your ground beef to a pot on high heat. Flatten it out and brown it about 3-5 minutes per side until the middle is no longer pink. DO NOT BREAK IT IN PIECES. Essentially what you are doing here is cooking a very large burger patty. When both sides are browned then it is time to break the meat into small pieces and drain off excess grease. This is an important step and here’s why! Wendys uses unused burger patties in their chili. The sear on the meat gives their chili a caramelized flavor and this is important!
  2. Add all of your remaining ingredients to the pot. Everything but the butter!
  3. Bring ingredients to a boil, then drop it down to a simmer.
  4. Simmer for 2-3 hours uncovered. Stirring every 30 minutes. This will allow the chili to reduce.
  5. After simmering, your chili is almost ready to eat. One last thing! Add your butter and stir until it is melted. This will create a nice texture and richness.
  6. Garnish and eat!

Fun Fact! My boyfriend seems to always crave Wendys chili on road trips. Aren’t I lucky!

Time for puppos!

Don’t forget your mask!

Would you look at this mug! So sweet right!

This is Shea. She is one of my most cherished clients. She has taught me so much, most importantly patience! Shea is an unbelievably nervous pup. The first few weeks of sessions she would run away and cower in the nearest corner, closet and even one time the shower. She ended up peeing in the shower which made for an easy clean up for Eleni! We have made some great progress though. Most days now she greets me at the door. Only recently has it been with a wagging tail. I haven’t determined what exactly sets her off but I know for a fact she hates anyone on a bicycle or a skateboard. It hurts my soul to know that she is afraid of her surroundings. She literally shakes in fear, although I do have to admit the fact that she looks to me for comfort and security gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside.

So much patience has gone into this girl, patience I didn’t even know I had. It took her a few weeks to even accept a treat from me and we are still working on eye contact. On that note, dogs do not like direct eye contact, if they are nervous or aggressive this is actually very threatening. Don’t force it!

So day by day we make progress. Some days are certainly better than others of course and in the beginning I was a little discouraged. I am not a dog trainer and do not claim to be whatsoever. I have grown up with dogs, met plenty and have done my homework after meeting a client that seems they might need a bit more work than your average pup. Let me just tell you, seeing the progress is an amazing feeling.

So I will leave you with this. If you find yourself with a nervous pup, DON’T RUSH IT! It will take work and time. Do not raise your voice. Do not chase the dog around. Do not make direct eye contact. Do not tower over the dog in a way to show your dominance. Do not get frustrated. Sit down, relax and remember what it is like to be afraid. Show compassion and talk in that oh so horrible doggy voice that we all have. They like it I promise.

Have a great week friends!

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