Basic Chili II
Basic Chili II
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This is a revision to my basic, yet delicious chili, that I have been making for 40+ years. I received a chili mix packet from a good friend in Texas, and I used that spice mix to make a pot of chili yesterday, 2 Feb 2018. The taste is nearly spot on with my basic chili but some of the steps are a bit different so I decided to post a second Basic Chili. I also used red kidney beans I cooked in a pressure cooker to reduce the time. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Basic Chili II
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This is a revision to my basic, yet delicious chili, that I have been making for 40+ years. I received a chili mix packet from a good friend in Texas, and I used that spice mix to make a pot of chili yesterday, 2 Feb 2018. The taste is nearly spot on with my basic chili but some of the steps are a bit different so I decided to post a second Basic Chili. I also used red kidney beans I cooked in a pressure cooker to reduce the time. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. For the beans, you can use canned (drained), make from dry by soaking and simmering, or by soaking and using a pressure cooker. If using dry, use 500 grams dry.
  2. In a large pot, add the minced pork or ground beef and chop up with a spatula and brown. Drain off most, not all of the fat, the fat adds flavoring. Pork is just starting to cook at this point.
  3. Add the beans, these were right out of the pressure cooker and drained.
  4. Add the tomatoes and juice, tomato paste, water, spices and mix. Let chili simmer for about 30 minutes.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Pork mince is about 85 Baht/kilo. For 6 servings, this is about 42 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Kidney Beans (Pressure Cooker).

Inspired by a packaged chili mix.

Burmese Egg Curry
Burmese Egg Curry
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This sounds really tasty, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Burmese Egg Curry
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This sounds really tasty, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the onion, cilantro stems, tomatoes, tamarind paste, paprika, turmeric, chili powder, fish sauce, vegetable stock 1/2 cube.
  2. Simmer this mixture for 1-2 hours, stir once in a while, until it reduces the use a potato masher to smash any lumps and make the sauce a bit smoother. Continue simmering the sauce.
  3. While the sauce is simmering, cook the eggs, these are hard boiled but have a creamier yolk, use your favorite method but cut back a minute or two on the cook time, then cool with running tap water and gently peel the eggs and cut in half lengthwise.
  4. Add the egg halves to the curry sauce and gently stir to coat the eggs, sprinkle a few cilantro leaves in and stir to mix those in.
  5. To serve, spoon egg halves into serving bowls and top with a few cilantro leaves and have red radish, sliced cucumber, and lettuce leaves on the side.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Perfect Hard Boiled Chicken Eggs, Perfect Hard Boiled Duck Eggs, Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Variant: 1. Use hard boiled, whole, quail eggs in place of the chicken or duck eggs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Cajun Chicken & Sausage Pasta
Cajun Chicken & Sausage Pasta
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This is from a good friend and sounds absolutely delicious. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Cajun Chicken & Sausage Pasta
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This is from a good friend and sounds absolutely delicious. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Chicken Seasoning
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Slice the Andouille sausage in half lengthwise and slice half moons 1/4 inch thick. For regular pork or beef sausage, just slice 1/4 inch thick. Set aside.
  2. In a large non stick pan, heat a splash of olive oil, when hot, add the cubed chicken and season with the Chicken Seasoning spices to taste, just a bit of each spice will do. Lightly brown the chicken, no need to cook through, over cooked chicken = tough chicken. When lightly browned, remove from the pan to a large bowl and set aside. If there is water in the pan, pour that off.
  3. Same pan, add the sausage and brown that up, remove from the pan and add to the bowl with the chicken and set aside.
  4. Same pan, add the bell peppers, saute for about 5 minutes then add the garlic and shallots. Saute for about 15 minutes or until the bell peppers are just softened yet still crunchy. If using the the optional mushrooms, add those now and saute to just soften them. Remove from heat and set aside. Now follow either Method 1 or Method 2 for the final preparation.
Method 1
  1. In a large pot, add the stock, cream, chicken and sausage, bell peppers from the pan, and the pasta. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 25 to 30 minutes uncovered, to reduce the liquid amount, stirring often.
  2. Stir in the spring onion and Parmesan, simmer for 5 more minutes. Serve and enjoy.
Method 2
  1. In a pot heat the stock to boiling and cook the pasta until tender. Drain.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, add the sausage and chicken to the pan with the bell peppers, use low heat and just heat everything through.
  3. Add the drained pasta to the pan and mix together well, then add the cream and just simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

The chicken will cost between 30 and 60 Baht, 500 grams/1 kilo, and the sausage, going with Cumberland, 750 grams is about 267 Baht. For 6 servings, this is about $1.60 per serving.

Recipe and photo provided courtesy of good friend, Anthony Ramirez.
United States.

Simple Baked Chicken
Simple Baked Chicken
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Sounds easy and very good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Simple Baked Chicken
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Sounds easy and very good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 230 C. Pour the olive oil in a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Pound each chicken breast slightly to make a more uniform thickness. Place chicken in the baking dish and roll them around to coat them with oil, the place them side by side in the dish.
  3. In a small bowl, add the salt, pepper, onion, garlic, and chili powders, mix together. Sprinkle mixture on both sides of the chicken, rubbing it in with your fingers for each side. Arrange the chicken in a single layer side by side.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until juices run clear. If the chicken is large and thicker, it may take longer.
  5. Remove from oven and cover with foil to rest for 5 to 10 minutes, the chicken will absorb some of the juices during this time.
  6. Serve with mashed potatoes, pasta, or rice, and a vegetable for a complete meal.
Recipe Notes

For the chicken, figure about 60 Baht/four breasts, for 4 servings, this is about 44 cents per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Pork Chop Soup
Pork Chop Soup
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Sounds great. This calls for bone in chops (more flavor) but I will test this with boneless loin.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Pork Chop Soup
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Sounds great. This calls for bone in chops (more flavor) but I will test this with boneless loin.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. To a large pot, add the first 11 ingredients. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 1 hour, uncovered. Remove the chops and set aside to cool.
  2. Remove 3/4 cup of broth from the pot then whisk the flour into the broth you removed. Set aside. When the chops have cooled, remove and discard any bones and fat then chop the meat into bite size pieces.
  3. To the pot, add the 5 vegetables at the end of the ingredient list and add the chopped pork as well. Stir and bring to a boil and stir in the flour mixture you set aside earlier. Reduce heat to a simmer and let cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove the bay leaf, and optionally, you can gently mash some of the potatoes to make a thicker soup. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 100 Baht for pork loin (boneless chops). For 8 servings, this is about 40 cents per serving. When I price bone in chops I will update pricing here.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Cabbage, Apple & Sausage Skillet
Cabbage, Apple & Sausage Skillet
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Sounds really good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Cabbage, Apple & Sausage Skillet
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Sounds really good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a non stick pan over medium heat with the bacon fat and when hot, add the sausage and stir occasionally to brown and cook the sausage through. when cooked, remove to a plate and drain off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan, add the butter and when melted, add the cabbage, onion, apple, and season with a pinch of chili powder.
  2. Cook for 5 minutes and stir in the brown sugar. Continue to cook for another 7-8 minutes or until the cabbage is wilted and everything starting to brown.
  3. Add the sausage back to the pan and mix together. Cook for a few minutes to warm the sausage through. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I source Italian sausage links. For now I will say Low cost.

Shortcut: Italian Sausage.

Variant: 1. Use bulk sausage instead of links.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Green Chile
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Green Chile
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This comes from a good friend that has prepared this and his results are outstanding, that works for me so this is on my to cook list soon.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Green Chile
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This comes from a good friend that has prepared this and his results are outstanding, that works for me so this is on my to cook list soon.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the cream cheese, cheddar, onion, chili powder, and garlic. Set aside. Preheat your oven to 200 C.
  2. When peeling the chilies take care not to damage them. Make a slit down the length of each chili and remove the seeds. Stuff each chili with the cheese mixture.
  3. Use a toothpick to secure one end of a slice of bacon at the stem end, wrap the bacon around the chili, try not to overlap, and wrap towards the pointy end, secure with another toothpick.
  4. Place the chilies on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, then switch the oven to broil (top coil for counter top ovens) and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes or until the bacon is golden brown.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

The cream cheese will cost 120 Baht, the bacon about 100 Baht. For 8 servings as appetizers, this is about 80 cents per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Jerry Juliana.
United States.

Braised Shrimp & Quail Eggs (Tôm Kho Trứng Cút)
Braised Shrimp & Quail Eggs (Tôm Kho Trứng Cút)
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This is a Vietnamese dish and sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Braised Shrimp & Quail Eggs (Tôm Kho Trứng Cút)
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This is a Vietnamese dish and sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Prepare the cleaned shrimp by placing in a bowl and sprinkling on the salt and pepper, mix together and let sit for 30 minutes in the fridge.
  2. Now for this step, annatto seed oil (provides the red/orange color and mild taste) was stated, I have never seen that here, so improvising this: heat 2-3 tablespoons of cooking oil in a pan (wok preferred or a wok-pan, which is my preference) and to the oil add just a tiny pinch of turmeric and paprika, that should provide the color but not change the flavor of the dish.
  3. When the oil is hot, add the onion and stir fry until it is fragrant, then add the shrimp and stir fry 3-4 minutes, season with the fish sauce, sugar, and coconut water, stir well to combine. Cook until it reaches a boil then reduce the heat to a low simmer and continue for 5 more minutes, stirring often.
  4. Add the quail eggs and gently stir those in and continue to cook to heat those through, stir often. Watch the liquid level, if nearly dry, add just a bit more hot water, maybe a tablespoon or two. If you would like a little spiciness, add a bit of chili powder and stir that in.
  5. Continue cooking until the sauce is thick, stirring often, remove from heat.
  6. Plate with cooked rice on the side and garnish with chopped spring onion and coriander.
Recipe Notes

Go with about 75 Baht for the shrimp, the quail eggs are local bough so about 15 Baht for those, for 2 servings, this is about $1.33 per serving.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Provided by Vietnamese Food and the link to this recipe is here.
Vietnam.

Saffron Rice (Rice Cooker)
Saffron Rice (Rice Cooker)
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This is Indian in nature, if you have never used saffron, understand it is the most expensive spice in the world, this is not cheap, and top dollar is paid for this spice. I used my small rice cooker for this and this is really good exactly as written.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Saffron Rice (Rice Cooker)
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This is Indian in nature, if you have never used saffron, understand it is the most expensive spice in the world, this is not cheap, and top dollar is paid for this spice. I used my small rice cooker for this and this is really good exactly as written.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Add the stock into a small pot and place over high heat and bring to a boil then remove from heat.
  2. To the hot stock add the saffron, turmeric, cumin, garlic, chili powder, and fish sauce and mix well.
  3. Add the dry rice to the rice cooker pot then pour in the stock mixture. Stir, cover, and set to Cook mode.
  4. When the rice cooker switches to Warm, fluff the rice with a fork. Taste for saltiness, add fish sauce to adjust, and if too salty, add a squeeze or two of lemon or lime juice.
  5. Serve as a side dish with any Asian or Indian dish.
Recipe Notes

Saffron is the pricey item but just a very small bit is used, this is an expensive spice regardless of your location. Overall, this is still a low cost dish.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Easy Spanish Rice (Rice Cooker)
Easy Spanish Rice (Rice Cooker)
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Sounds good, I am always looking for good side dishes with rice, and this sounds very good. On my to cook list although I will modify this to my smaller 1 liter rice cooker.
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Easy Spanish Rice (Rice Cooker)
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Sounds good, I am always looking for good side dishes with rice, and this sounds very good. On my to cook list although I will modify this to my smaller 1 liter rice cooker.
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the rinsed rice in the bottom of the rice cooker and then add the diced tomatoes, water, onion, and spices. Stir a little on the top to dissolve the spices.
  2. Set your rice cooker to Cook setting, when it switches to Warm, fluff with a fork and test for salt, add as needed.
  3. Serve as a side dish or in tortillas.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.