Rue How-To: The Perfect Game Day Chili

Here at Rue, we can’t wait for Super Bowl XLVI. In preparation for the big game, we had our first ever (and soon-to-be annual) chili contest. Check out our favorites, then click on the chili of your choice (or all four) for a printable recipe you can cook up this Sunday. As for the winner of our cookoff? We’ll let you decide.

“Hearty and flavorful, the unexpected combination takes it to a new level.”
– Ryan M., Event Coordinator

     makes enough chili to fill a large pot
olive oil (several tablespoons for cooking)
2-4 lbs ground/chopped venison
1-2 lbs ground wild boar (can substitute Italian sausage)
1-2 c. celery, chopped
1-2 c. onion, chopped
2-3 T minced garlic
60-70 oz. canned chopped tomatoes (Italian seasoned or plain)
1 can ranch or chili beans (best with chopped jalapenos – don’t rinse)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
spices: garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder

1. Sauté celery, onion, and garlic in frying pan and set aside.
2. Brown venison in frying pan. Sprinkle liberally with garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.
3. Do the same with the boar.
4. Combine cooked veggies, browned venison, and boar in chili pot and add at least 40-50 ounces of the chopped Italian tomatoes. Turn up heat until bubbles form, then reduce heat and let simmer while covered. While simmering, add 1 teaspoon each of garlic and onion powder, and black and cayenne pepper, and 1 (or half) cup of chili powder.
5. Wait an hour or two before adding the beans and serving – the longer you let simmer the better.

 Vegan Chili

“This is actually my girlfriend’s recipe. We love to cook it on cold Sundays during the winter.”
– Jeremy Z., Credit and Financial Operations Manager

Chili con Carne

“This recipe started 23 years ago as a simple chili recipe my mother gave the brides of each of her sons. I’ve been adding to it ever since, and about two years ago it reached this final form, and people keep telling me how much they love it, so I don’t change it any more.”
– Michael D., Senior Oracle Database Administrator

Turkey Chili

“I love it mostly because the taste is so unique compared to other chilis. The strawberries work because the turkey doesn’t overpower the fruit.”
– Eric R., Sr. Linux Systems Administrator


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