Nothing is more frustrating to a scratch cook than a recipe that calls for "a can of this-or-that." Scratch cooking means cooking from the basic ingredients. And, when a recipe calls for a can of chili, we'd rather make our own chili from dried beans instead paying a buck fifty for a 15-1/2 ounce can of Stagg's.
Once the ingredients have been combined simmer the chili with the lid on for at least 5 minutes, but up to 30 minutes. The sauce will already be well seasoned. But you can add black pepper and a sprinkling of fresh herbs such as coriander or mint as well. chili con carne Mix by Knorr is very tasty and will really enhance the flavour of the chili. If you like a hot chili, then you will have to add extra paprika and chili powder for a more powerful tasting chili. Each 40g pack serves 2-3 people.
And talk about simple! This recipe only needs four things: roast, onion soup mix, catsup and... wait for it... a can of cola. This roast is done in a crock pot, so proper cooking can take 5-6 hours, so plan accordingly.
It helps if you have a guide to general preparation. Cut most meats and fish into 1 to 1 1/2 inch cubes. Marinate the less tender cuts of meat and lean sea food several hours ahead of time. You can also wrap them in bacon or salt pork before skewering. To make sure all the food on one skewer will be done at the same time, select only firm fruits and vegetables. Leave very tender fruits and vegetables unpeeled. Cut soft or fast cooking foods in large pieces and harder or slow cooking foods in smaller pieces. Put the skewered foods in a hand grill (if you have one) to barbeque a quantity with ease. And last, but not least....barbecue kebobs over a very hot fire and turn often.
My wife often says the meals I cook up at home for both of us and sometimes our adult children would go down really well in a restaurant and I could charge top whack. Although I really enjoy cooking like this (I do a really good nigella lawson chilli con carne-con-carne) I would not even think about doing it every night for dozens of people.
E. Coli: The Hannibal Lecter of food poisoning in that just about everybody has heard of this guy. Many well known cases have made the news and some of them have been fatal. Most contamination occur in undercooked spicy crockpot chili, but it can also be passed from one person to another, including by swimming in contaminated water. The beef chilli should be a clue that your risk of coming down with this one is high. We are a hamburger nation, after all. Protect yourself by looking at your hamburger to make sure it's cooked all the way through and when cooking hamburger yourself don't eat until you've gotten rid of all the pink. Also try to avoid any unpasteurized milk or juice or cider and make sure to clean all vegetables thoroughly.
Use coals for your fire not wood. Charcoal burns at a consistent pace, and is much easier to control than wood. Once you've mastered the charcoal fire, go ahead and experiment with wood if you'd like. But until then, do yourself a favor, cook with charcoal and add wood chips for smoke.
There you go. I recommend you use the slow cooker when you are cooking your stew. That way, you do not have to worry about cooking your stew in a wrong way.