Whether you're making real Texas-style chile con carne, a quick weeknight ground beef and canned bean chili, or even a vegan or vegetarian version, the best thing you can do to up your chili game is to leave those jars of pre-ground chili powder on the shelf. Starting your chili with honest to goodness real whole dried chilies will save you money while adding layer upon layer of complex flavor that you never thought was possible.
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Crying Tiger Lamb from Katie Chin's new cookbook, Everyday Thai Cooking, is named for its ability to make even a tiger weep. It's not only fiery, but it's also got a strong hand with salty fish sauce, sour lime juice, and grassy cilantro. In other words: it's seriously awesome, and a true gift to lamb lovers.
Chicken legs are browned and braised in a stew of green chiles and white beans. The key to a richly flavorful green chili is to peel the chilies and use their charred skins in the sauce base.
Classic creamy stovetop macaroni and cheese get more interesting with tender poached chicken, green chiles, salsa verde, and fresh cilantro.
If you don't have mezcal on hand, you can still make this spicy and delicious hot chocolate—try using aged rum or tequila.
Green chiles, french fried onions and ground red pepper give this luscious corn casserole a little kick...but don't worry - the cheesy sauce controls the heat and leaves you with nothing but great flavor.
This is the kind of chicken noodle soup I can get into. It's warming and comforting, with hunks of chicken meat and slinky noodles suspended in a rich stock. But this isn't some bland rendition. No, this soup is imbued with the haunting aroma of star anise and cinnamon, and tickled by the numbing sensation of Sichuan pepper. A sprinkling of chopped chile completes this assertive bowl of soup, which comes together surprisingly fast.
I just didn't feel like shopping. And let's face it, sometimes we don't. That's when the pantry comes in handy. It's good to have recipes like this in the repertoire. All told, I pulled this together in about 15 minutes—just enough time to bring the water to boil and cook the pasta al dente. The recipe is adapted from Judy Rogers' famous Zuni Cafe Cookbook. The pine nuts work surprisingly well with the tuna.
[Photograph: Andrew M. H. Alexander] This is a pretty classic brownie approach, but these are anything but boring. I've modified the classic (and well-loved) Baker's One Bowl recipe to produce a firmer slice with a stronger chocolate flavor, which, while...
In this recipe, the noodles are draped in a gently spicy and fragrant mash of celeriac—the texture of the pasta plays a starring role. Celeriac, a cousin of celery, is grown for its large root rather than the stalks we all recognize. It has that same wonderful grassy, aromatic flavor. A hit of fresh chile, thyme, and garlic round out the flavor. The puree comes from a Jamie Oliver recipe that uses it as a stuffing for ravioli. (I took the shorter route of simply tossing it with pasta.)
When I took the lid off my slow cooker after about eight hours, I knew this recipe for Chile Verde from Make it Fast, Cook it Slow by Stephanie O'Dea was just the kind of dish that slow cookers...