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Outfielder, Cleveland Indians
Chili is another dish that ballplayers universally love. This is the way Sizmore's Aunt Tonya makes her nourishing ground beef version. If you like a thicker chili, stir a few tablespoons of yellow cornmeal into the pot at the end of the cooking time.
Aunt Tonya's Chili
Makes 6-8 servings
- 2 pounds ground round (85 percent lean)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (15-ounce) can vegetarian refried beans
- 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
- 1/2 cup green salsa
- 1 (19-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 12 ounces lager beer
- Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Hot red pepper sauce, to taste
- Shredded mild cheddar, sour cream, and tortilla chips, for serving
- Cook the ground round in a Dutch oven or flameproof casserole over medium-high heat, stirring often and breaking up the meat with the side of a spoon, until it loses its raw look, about 10 minutes. Drain in a colander.
- Heat the oil in the Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and jalapeno and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Return the ground round to the Dutch oven, sprinkle with the chili powder and cumin, and stir well. Stir in 1 1/2 cups water, the tomato sauce, refried beans, tomato paste, and salsa and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes.
- Stir in the kidney beans and beer. Simmer until the sauce is slightly thickened, 15–20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and hot red pepper sauce.
- Ladle the chili into bowls and serve with the cheddar, sour cream, and tortilla chips on the side.
Excerpted from DIAMOND DISHES: FROM THE KITCHENS OF
BASEBALL'S BIGGEST STARS By Julie Loria. Copyright 2011
by Julie Loria with permission of Lyons Press / Guilford, CT.
Derek Jeter photo credit EJ Camp. Hanley Ramirez photo
credit EJ Camp. Grady Sizemore photo credit EJ Camp.
David Wright photo credit Alexandra Penney.