Maximillian R. Bauer's Chili

Bear's Anecdote - As always with Grandpa Bauer, every good meat recipe starts with one, two or three onions, depending on the price of onions. Grandpa Bauer was an amazing man. It seemed as if he could do anything he set his hand to, and do it astoundingly well. He was a shark at cribbage. He had an excellent feel for fashion. To top it off, he had a wonderful sense of humor.

  1. Get the garlic going in hot oil in the bottom of a Dutch oven (or big stock pot) on the stove
  2. Add the meat and brown it.
  3. Add onions, green peppers and celery.
  4. Cook on stove top until the celery is wilted.
  5. In a sauce pan, combine beans, tomato paste, sugar and water.
  6. Once hot, add the tomato and bean mixture to the meat veggie mix.
  7. Simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

This recipe is a great starting point for experimentation. Try a little cayenne pepper in place of the chili powder. Try adding some venison, pork or veal in place of some of the beef. Try black beans or a mix of beans. Add corn. Add some red bell peppers for color. Experiment with other types of peppers. Try a dash of Chinese hot oil in place of the chili powder.