SWEET baby Jesus it's cold outside. This week has carried in the typical southern chill that blankets Atlanta in the early weeks of the new year. January shuffles in a bristly cold and I needed a little something to warm me up through the day.
I went grocery shopping and stocked up on all the fixings, beefed up my spice pantry, and went to work on a pot of chili that would not only last throughout the entire week... but that would heat up the wintry nights!
The chili is full of flavors, vitamins, locally grown fruits and vegetables. I added a hearty serving of kale and barley for added nourishment too. I added a touch of heat with red pepper powder and a little smoke with chipotle powder. If you don't like a kick, then go easy on the red pepper. The chipotle powder will give you the smoke and subtle notes of heat that you're looking for. It's all about building up the flavors to me. As you follow any recipe, taste along the way. Then you can make each dish your own. ♡
It was incredibly easy to make and I could leave it on the stove and urm... clean (or play the Sims). I built the flavors at the very beginning by sautéeing red onion and garlic at the bottom of the pot before adding the remaining ingredients. Don’t worry about the chili thickening up- as you cook it will get thick, creamy, and just perfect!
Along with the cold, there is something magical in the air. I used to believe that spring was my favorite season (namely because my birthday is in April). But in the last few years winter has been the most rejuvenating time of my life. Lessons have been learned, life has shuffled forward, but a hopeful potential always ring true.