Feb 15, 2020

Chili Gumbo

Chili Gumbo! Make some chili, make some gumbo, and then mix them all together. With a roux and the holy trinity of gumbo (onions, bell pepper, and celery), it's pretty much a creole take on meaty chili.

Chili Gumbo, a combo of beef chili and a gumbo topped with Fritos





This chili gumbo is meaty and tomato-y, and there is plenty enough to serve a crowd.

I took a cue from Frito Pie Chili and topped the finished chili gumbo with a few Fritos, which turned out to be pretty tasty. It's also delicious topped with shredded cheese, and it's especially decadent with with both melty cheese and chips.

Chili Gumbo Ingredient Shopping List:


  • Ground beef
  • Canned diced tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • Tomato sauce
  • Tomato juice 
  • Ketchup
  • A yellow onion
  • Shallots
  • Green bell pepper
  • Yellow bell pepper
  • Celery
  • Garlic

Spices and herbs include white pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chile powder, turmeric, dried oregano, and ground cumin.

Condiments include A-1 Steak Sauce, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and apple cider vinegar.

The roux in the gumbo was enough to thicken this chili, so you will not need to add any okra or filé.

Chili Gumbo, a combo of beef chili and a gumbo with Fritos





How to make Chili Gumbo



First, you make the chili by browning the ground beef and then adding salt, three kinds of peppers, chile powder, turmeric, oregano, cumin, steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and canned diced tomatoes.

Next, you make the gumbo. You begin with making a roux by melting butter and stirring in flour and whisking until the mixture turns a deep golden brown.

How to make a gumbo rous





Then, you add the "holy trinity" of bell peppers, celery, and onions (plus some garlic and shallots), and cook the mixture until the veggies have softened.


Gumbo holy trinity





Finally, you add the chili to the gumbo mixture along with tomato paste, tomato sauce, tomato juice, and ketchup. You cook this mixture for about 45 minutes, and then season with apple cider vinegar and hot sauce.

Dear friends, this is really good. Plus, it's loaded with tons of veggies while still tasting totally meaty.


Chili Gumbo, a combo of beef chili and a gumbo




What is Gumbo?



Gumbo is a thick stew of meat, fish, and/or chicken along with Creole and Cajun seasonings. It's often served over rice and can be thickened with filé (ground sassafras) and/or okra, along with a deeply colored roux of butter and flour.

Gumbo is a celebrated dish in Louisiana, and New Orleans in particular. While its origins can't be pinpointed exactly, its roots are believed to be a combination of Native American (Choctaw), African, and French.

The original recipe for this chili gumbo was developed by a Louisiana firefighter in honor of his brother, also a firefighter, who died in the line of duty. This chili won first prize in a national contest run by Hormel for America's best firehouse chili. Hormel runs the contest every year to honor fallen firefighters and support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.


Chili Gumbo





This month the Soup Saturday group is sharing recipes for gumbo, hosted by Sue of Palatable Pastime.




Firehouse Chili Gumbo


This firehouse chili gumbo is hearty, delicious, and combines the flavors of chili and gumbo into a tasty dish.


Chili Gumbo! Make some chili, make some gumbo, and then mix them all together. With a roux and the holy trinity of gumbo (onions, bell pepper, and celery), it's pretty much a creole take on meaty chili.



Firehouse Chili Gumbo Recipe


Firehouse Chili Gumbo Recipe
Yield: 12 servings
Author:
Chili Gumbo! Make some chili, make some gumbo, and then mix them all together. With a roux and the holy trinity of gumbo (onions, bell pepper, and celery), it's pretty much a creole take on meaty chili.

ingredients:

For the Chili
  • 2 tablespoons canola or other neutral oil
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (I used Mexican oregano)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons A-1 steak sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes
For the Gumbo
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 medium shallots, diced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
For the Chili Gumbo
  • 2 6-ounce cans tomato paste
  • 2 8-ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • Cheese, Fritos, and/or scallions for topping

instructions:

How to cook Firehouse Chili Gumbo Recipe

To Make the Chili
  1. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven. Cook the beef in batches until just browned around the edges. Transfer the beef to a paper towel lined bowl. 
  2. Pour off the excess fat from the pan and return the beef to the Dutch oven. Add the salt, peppers, chili powder, turmeric, oregano, and cumin, and stir to combine over medium heat. 
  3. Add the steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and the diced tomatoes and stir to combine. 
  4. Cover the pot and simmer for 15 minutes on medium low, covered, stirring every five minutes. 
To Make the Gumbo
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and melt the butter and oil. Once the butter has melted, add the flour and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture is a deep golden brown.
  2. Add the onions, shallots, bell peppers, celery, and garlic, and cook, stirring regularly, for about 15 minutes.
To Make the Chili Gumbo
  1. Add the Gumbo to the Chili and stir.
  2. Stir in the tomato paste, tomato sauce, tomato juice, and ketchup.
  3. Cook the mixture, covered, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in the vinegar and hot sauce.
  5. Serve immediately, or let cool and refrigerate to let the flavors meld.
  6. Re-heat to serve.
  7. Top with Fritos, cheese, and/or scallions.
Calories
495.88
Fat (grams)
43.74
Sat. Fat (grams)
24.18
Carbs (grams)
10.11
Fiber (grams)
1.68
Net carbs
8.43
Sugar (grams)
4.91
Protein (grams)
17.51
Sodium (milligrams)
821.53
Cholesterol (grams)
135.43
Chili, Gumbo
Main dish
Creole, Cajun

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5 comments:

  1. I like this idea! It reminds me somewhat of the retro chili vegetable soup that used to be served at Bonanza restaurants back in the 1970's.

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