Amazing Chili

Poor Man’s Gourmet Kitchen amazing pot of chili.

The Best Chili Ever

I’ve been searching for a recipe that is exactly what anyone would expect amazing Chili to taste like, if that’s how it was described to you. If someone tells me “it’s the best”, by golly, it better be. I don’t want it thin and runny or light on the meat and it better not have any funky after taste. It just better be the best damn chili I’ve ever eaten or, at least, be convinced its the best in the moment I’m eating it. Well, this is it. I pulled it off and it isn’t that crazy either. There aren’t a million and one ingredients. I’ve even added a “Poor Man’s” hack to the recipe and a way to save money on bacon.

A package of Bacon, sausage and ground beef.

Carnivorous Chili

I’m going to shoot you straight and tell you right out of the gate, this recipe has meat, as it should, and a lot of it. I do have a fantastic Vegetarian Chili recipe on here, if you’re interested, but this is exactly the way I like my chili and it’s how I think it should be prepared anywhere. I’m talking about bacon, pork sausage and ground beef mixed into this recipe so, be prepared to go to work.

The cool thing is, I found a way to save 2/3 the cost on bacon by purchasing Bacon Ends and Pieces instead of a standard package. The cheapest bacon around here averages about $3.50 US for a 12 oz package and I bought 3 lbs of Bacon Ends and Pieces for $5.50 so, you do the math. The best part is is that it’s perfect chopped up into little pieces that can blend right in with the ground beef and pork sausage.

A bag of dry Pinto beans and 2 large cans of Frijoles.

Chili Beans

There are plenty of beans to choose from that you can add to your chili and you’re welcome to substitute or add your favorite to this recipe. My self, I like to stick with the classic Pinto Beans. It’s the way I had it growing up and it’s still the way I like to eat my chili today. In this recipe I use two 30 oz can’s of Frijoles, Pinto Beans, with the juice, but you can use dry beans and reconstitute them ahead of time, if you prefer. Just be sure to add about a cups worth of broth to the recipe to compensate for the missing bean juice. You also might have to add a pinch of salt for the missing sodium.

Chili pot on the stove with additional ingredients added over top.
Fine Tuning the Chili

In this recipe, I season the ground beef and pork sausage with 2 small packages of Taco Seasoning; about 2 oz. That’s the Poor Man’s hack I mentioned but once everything is combined, it’s time to fine tune the recipe with a few key ingredients and spices. I add Cumin, Coriander, Chili Powder, Cocoa and Mexican Oregano. Anything else you may think it needs is probably already in the taco seasoning. Unless you want to add Worcestershire or something, not needed btw, I would stick with the original recipe. I also add a few splashes of Brandy but that’s optional. It’s not uncommon to add beer if you prefer or your favorite bourbon.

This recipe is Chili so, it’s a little on the spicy side. I don’t think it’s too hot to eat but I don’t think it’s exactly for children either. If you’re making this recipe for kids or someone that has mild tastes, use bell peppers instead of Jalapeno’s, mild Taco Seasoning, instead of original, and use only 1 Chipotle Pepper in Adobo Sauce. You might even want to ditch the addition of Chili Powder. Feel free to tweak anything else to your specific tastes, if you like, just know that I stand behind this recipe 100% and I think it’s perfect exactly the way it is.

Amazing Homemade Chili – Ground Beef, Bacon and Pork Sausage by PoorMansGourmet
Amazing Chili Ingredients:

1.5 lbs Hamburger
12 oz Bacon, chopped
1 lbs Pork Sausage, breakfast
2 pkg Taco Seasoning, original (2 oz )

1 Onion, chopped
3 Jalapenos, chopped with seeds & membrains
3 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce, chopped
8 Cloves Garlic, chopped
2 30 oz cans Pinto Beans with Juice
2 15 oz cans Tomato Sauce
2 15 oz cans Diced Tomatoes

1 tbsp Cumin
1 tbsp Mexican Oregano
1 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Coriander
1/2 tsp Cocoa
1/2 cup Bourbon, optional
Salt and Pepper to taste

Follow the instructions in the video tutorial and I’ll show you exactly how easy this Amazing Chili is to make.

Korean Shin Ramyun Kujiari style Ramen with Beef

Korean Kujirai style Ramen noodles with Beef.

The Best Ramen

I have always been a big fan of noodles and I have always loved Ramen. I don’t usually eat them with the soup, though. I’ve always cooked my ramen, drained the broth and eaten my noodles dry with a dash of soy sauce. I think that’s why I love this recipe so much. This Kujirai style Ramyun is a Korean ramen recipe that is derived from a comic book. It is cooked with a smaller portion of water and reduced until it’s practically gone. Then you just add a few more fresh ingredients over the top and, literally within minutes, its done.

Kujirai style Ramyun Ingredients with Beef.

Kujirai style Ramyun Noodles

It’s hard to find anything about this recipe and where it actually originates from. I mentioned that it supposedly comes from a comic book but, as far as I can tell, it isn’t the kind you might be thinking of, with super heroes and such. No, I can’t be certain but I think it comes from the comic style cook book, “Let’s Make Ramen” by Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan. I haven’t finished reading it yet but this book illustrates a fun story and the history of Ramen working it’s way through time. So, if I’m wrong about the origins of this recipe, I still highly recommend this book because I think most Americans and many other cultures are completely ignorant to this perfected art.

Be sure to check out my other Ramen recipes: Lo Mein, Ramen Spaghetti Pizza, Dan Dan Noodle.

Korean Shin Ramyuan – Kujirai style Ramen with Beef by PoorMansGourmet

Kujirai style Ramyun Ingredients:

1 pkg Shin Ramyun
2 eggs
2 pcs Cheese, sliced
3 pcs Beef, deli sliced
1 Green Onion, chopped

This dish can easily feed 2 people and it only takes 5 to 10 minutes to make. Just follow the directions in the video tutorial and I’ll show you how easy this is to make.

Miso Soup

Homemade Miso Soup with Tofu and Green Onions.

The Best Miso Soup

I love Japanese food and my wife and I order sushi quite often but one thing I like to get, as an appetizer, is Miso Soup. If you don’t don’t know what Miso is, I can tell you that it’s a Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting soybeans with salt and kōji and sometimes rice, barley, seaweed or other ingredients. There’s several different varieties of Miso but the most common are white and red. I’ll be demonstrating how to make Miso Soup using the red Miso and I’m going to show you how to make a soup with the most basic ingredients,Tofu and Green Onions.

Dashi ingredients, Kombu and Katsuobushi.

Dashi Fish Broth

Most soups are made from broths or stalks and this recipe is no different. The broth that needs to be prepared for this Miso Soup recipe is called Dashi and it’s really easy to make. All you have to do is combine Kombu(dried Kelp) and katsuobushi(bonito flakes or dehydrated Skip Jack Tuna) with boiling water and let it steep, like tea, for 10 minutes. If you don’t know what these ingredients are or where to find them, you can go to any Asian market and ask the attendants. I buy them both dehydrated and I just reconstitute them with the boiling water. The water absorbs the flavor, like tea, and creates the broth called Dashi. Then, all you have to do is strain the broth to make the Miso Soup.

Be sure to try my Red Sauce Wonton and my Wonton Soup Recipe.

Extra firm Tofu and fresh chopped Green Onions.

Tofu and Green Onions

As I mentioned above, there are several different varieties of Miso and there are also several different Miso Soups. If fact, eventually I want to show you how to make a spicy Beef Ramen Miso Soup that I think is just amazing but I’ve got to teach you the basics first so you understand recipe like that one, later. So today I’m going to teach you how to make a Miso Soup with Tofu and Green Onions.

Miso Soup Ingredients:

2 cups dashi
1 Green Onions, chopped
4 oz Tofu, Extra Firm
3 Tbsp miso

Dashi
4 cups water
1 oz kombu (dried kelp)
1 cup katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes) (1 loose cups = 10 g)

Just watch the video tutorial and I’ll show you just how easy it is to make Dashi and this Tofu and Green Onion Miso Soup.