I was just reminded of another dumb chili story;
I had put a 3 lb. chuck roast, atop a bed of onions, on to cook in my low pressure pot. It will get fall apart tender in about 3 hours.
Then I was warned that about 20 members of my family were headed this way. This roast won't feed everyone! Hey, it's chili stew time! When the roast was done I chopped it up, browned a lb. of Jimmy Dean sausage in some garlic and bell peppers, and put the chopped up roast back in the pot. My grandson, who is my best chili helper, was already here. He said "it needs some corn". He loves corn in chili. I just started adding stuff. 2 cans of corn, 2 cans or carrots, Rotel and regular canned tomatoes, 6 corn tortillas (they melt), and 4 packs of cheep chili seasoning ( Hi-Top I think?? ). And... all the juice from all the cans went in.
My helper then asked "how will we know when to stop adding stuff?". My reply was "when we can't think of anything else to add or... when the pot gets full". It's a 22 qt. pot. Hey, there was still room left. Ok, extra garlic, cumin, pickled jalapeno juice, and some Cavender's Greek Seasoning. The onion from the roast all melted so... some chopped onion. Hmm, how bout a can of Austex tamales so in it went, unshelled of coarse. Ahh, Ranch dip mix, 2 packs (don't knock it till...).
My grandson loves Tony Chachere's More Spice seasoning so he suggested we add some of that. Still room so... another can of corn, carrots, and tomatos. Hey, the pot was full. And, I could think of nothing else to add. Beans? Nope! Not to this pot, it's full!
Saltine crackers, Fritos, cheese, whole and sliced pickled jalapenos were served on the side. The pot went empty but every one got fed, but it was close. Thank goodness some of the little kids wanted chicken ramen noodles!
One of my grandaughters was coming to visit a few weeks later and I asked her what she wanted to eat. She said "some of that chili like you made last time". I said "you will have to pick something else. I can't even remember what all I put in that pot of chili". Hmmm, I may have forgoten a few things to tell yall? Oh well, every pot has it's own soal!
I hope this dosen't give some of you chili purists to many nightmares.
Whops, Ann reminded me in the Campbell's recipe thread. I added a can of tomato soup, or was it 2 ???.