One of the things I like about having connections to a big city with a huge Asian population is getting to celebrate New Year's twice. It takes the pressure offa having to turn the first one (the Gregorian calendar date, aka Amateur Night) into The Big Bash -- there's another one around the corner, and there likely won't be as many drunks out on that one. This year, I took Burb Dawg camping. We sat on the water and watched fireworks in the freezing cold. Had a blast. And the chili I'd made earlier in the fall was just the thing for the event, perfect with ramen noodles.
In case you've ever wondered what to do with that last beer of the night that you just can't bring yourself to finish, but you feel guilty for opening it, stick it back in the fridge and pull it out later to make this:
Chicken Beer Chili
28 oz can sliced stewed tomatoes
15 oz can tomato sauce
1 can flat beer
1/4 cup water
1 tblsp garlic powder
3 tbsp comino
1/4 cup chili powder
2 tsp kosher salt
about 2 cups pinto beans (cooked previously in comino & chili powder) w/liquid (about 1/2 cup liquid)
2 tbsp masa powder (or cornstarch) with enough water to make it runny
In a deep saucepan, cook ripped-to-shreds chicken pieces with whole garlic in olive oil. After 5 minutes (the oil will be soaked into the chicken), add stewed tomatoes and simmer covered 5 minutes.
Stir in tomato sauce, beer and water, then all the spices and salt. Simmer uncovered 15 minutes.
Stir in pinto beans and their liquor (not more of your own liquor, just add the bean liquor). Simmer another 15 minutes uncovered.
Blend masa with water til runny and pour into chili. (I happened to have a packet of masa left over from one of those chili kits you buy -- I think it was only a year old. You can also use cornstarch and water.) Stir. Simmer another 5 minutes til thick.
I froze 3 batches of this stuff and it was even better two months later. Took a frozen block of it camping. Dumped the block in a pot on the fire, added about half to a whole cup of water and let it thaw/heat. Added some uncooked ramen noodles after about half the block had melted. Ate it right outta the pot.
And for dessert! -->