As some of you are no doubt aware by now, I’m a fully indoctrinated member of the Dorkside. Now to bring you to a new world. A World of Warcraft as it were. I enjoy playing the game, though I don’t get much time to play it now, and I am waiting to hear back about an internship for the company that makes it. Now before anyone asks, I play both Horde and Alliance, the racial bonuses make it hard to stick to one faction, but I digress, we’re here about cooking.
In the game every character has the chance to learn how to cook, and one of the recipes is Dragonbreath Chili. There have been several attempts to recreate it. I’m going to make my own, unofficial version for you today.
- 1 lb of Ground Sirloin (Leave out for vegan/vegeterain chili)
- 3 Habanero Peppers
- 3 Red Chili Peppers
- 3 Serrano Peppers
- 1 Long Hot Pepper
- 1 Red Bell Pepper
- 1 Orange Bell Pepper
- 3 Tomato’s on the Vine
- 2 tbsp of Minced Garlic
- Optional: 12 oz of a Wheat Beer (Your choice, I’m using Warsteiner)
- 2 tbsp of White Vinegar
- 4 cans of Beans (I’m making it with black beans, pinto beans, red kidney beans, and great northern beans)
- 2 cans of Tomato Sauce
- 1 tsp of Cilantro
- 1 tsp of Cumin
- 1 tsp of Ground White Pepper
- 1 tsp of Ground Cayenne Pepper
- 1 tsp of Ground Chipolte Pepper
- 1 dash of Ground Cinnamon
- 1 dash of Ground Ginger
- 1 dash of Ground Jalapeno
First thing to do is rinse the peppers and tomatoes, then put them in the blender, slicing them up when necessary to get them to blend into a frothy smoothie-like consistency.
Then get started browning the ground beef (If you aren’t using meat skip this step.). Once that’s done pour it into your crock-pot or pot and then pour the blended salsa smoothie onto the still sizzling meat. Then pour in your choice of beer in. Stir these well before adding the beans and cans of tomato sauce. Once all of those are in add your spices, garlic, and vinegar and stir vigorously.
Set the temperature to high and let it come to a boil, alternatively if you are near any dragons just ask them to heat it up for you. Once it’s boiling like the tension between the Alliance and Horde, you’ll want to stir it occasionally, keeping it a boil for a bout 10-15 minutes before lowering the temperature.
Let simmer on low heat for 30-45 additional minutes (though if you are using a crock-pot and are stirring it every-so-often you can let it simmer almost indefinitely).
If you’re about to go into battle against any sort of fire creature, this will prepare you, whether you face Ragnaros or Deathwing himself, this chili will get you ready to withstand the heat.
Pretzels and guacamole would be excellent sides to this fine concoction, and if you must add something to withstand the heat, sharp cheddar and/or cream cheese is your friend.