We’ve had a few killing frosts so soups and stews are going to feature more so than usual. Mmm… it’s a good day for chili! This has chorizo and ground beef with the usual beans and tomato bits with green chilies. I added some semi dried red chilies from a plant the frost killed. I’ll be gathering all of them soon and will dry them for flakes and a few I’ll leave whole for those dishes where they are expected.
This combines three of my favorite things: Smoked pork, cornbread, and crockpot pinto beans. I started the beans soaking yesterday morning and tossed them into the slow cooker in the evening with a couple of small onions and a few cubes of frozen gravy from other meals. One freezer bag was labeled as beef short ribs gravy and the other contained pork something something ancho sauce. The pork was thawed and warmed entirely separate and was added to the bowl during the plating.
I toasted oil brushed corn tortillas with the cheese and pork on them, and then built the tacos out from there. These have minced jalapenos, bell peppers, cabbage, cherry and grape tomatoes (First harvest from the patio garden! yay!), green onions, and a dollop of sour cream. They have the usual splash of hot sauce and a sprinkle of the ground dried peppers mix that I put on nearly everything now.
Here are a couple of eggs cooked sunny side up amidst chorizo sausage. I managed to slip the most of it out of the skillet onto a toasted tortilla and garnished the plate with fresh chilies, a scoop of refried beans, cheddar, and a hank of cilantro. I also have a glob of salsa on there I was trying out – it’s billed as “Key Lime Salsa” and there was a definite flavor of lime to it. Pretty good, I like the lime flavored Cholula brand hot sauce too.
Looks like a Lazy Sunday brewing today. The front across the region brought cool temps and steady rains. We made a dash through the local farmer’s market yesterday looking for tomatillo sets but found none, aside from a purple variety that I’m sure is tasty but unsuited for a salsa verde. We didn’t set out with the market in mind so I failed to grab a camera for pictures. My dumb cell phone has a camera but it’s so lame I refuse to use it. We had headed to a store near the market that has a pretty good selection of outdoor grills. More on that tomorrow, weather permitting.