Are you ready for the Super Bowl? Do you even care about the Super Bowl? Full disclosure, I’m a total bandwagon fan of this popular event. I am absolutely only in it for the food. You are probably not surprised by this. That said, I am excited that my hometown team, the Philadelphia Eagles made it to the Super Bowl this year! They were the underdogs and pulled through to beat the odds. Go Eagles!

I know there are going to be many parties in my old neighborhood. Philly friends, I’ve got just the dish for you. Even if you’re rooting in a different direction, I have the perfect dish for your Super Bowl needs. Today I’m sharing my take on a party classic, chili.

Honestly, if I was heading to Minnesota this weekend, I’m 100% certain that I would head 2.76 miles southwest of the stadium to do something I’ve wanted to do for years (yes, I mapped it)! I would make my pilgrimage to 2104 Kenwood Parkway and maybe even do a twirl and throw my hat in the air. I’d have a brief moment of silence for the beloved 70’s icon and role model to young women everywhere, and then I would have my picture taken in front of Mary Tyler Moore’s house. But I digress…

Since Mike and I will be right here in New York City, I’ll save this dream for warmer days and concentrate on what’s important: avoiding the crowds, staying inside where it’s warm and making the perfect meal. I assure you, we’re not party poopers, but we do refrain from going out to bars on the “party” holidays. New Year’s Eve, night before Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day…you can find us right here in our tiny apartment making a mess in our tiny kitchen. In New York, you can find a crowd just about any night of the week if you want to. You don’t need a pseudo holiday to do it. Well…we do make an exception for Valentine’s Day, but that’s another story for another post.

Like most things, I associate Super Bowl Sunday with food

I admit that I’m not much of a fan, but I am more than happy to gear up for the big event with a game day meal. Not to mix sports metaphors here, but coming up with a main dish for the Super Bowl was a slam dunk. I have been thinking about it for months and I don’t even watch football.

We know it’s still early on in the year and everyone is deep into their fitness resolutions, but sometimes you just have to indulge in a nice big bowl of hot chili. This is the perfect one-pot-wonder and it will feed a crowd. I’ve made this dish many times and many different ways over the years but a few details stay the same. I always use red meat and both chick peas and white kidney beans, but I never use tomatoes. I know. Blasphemy. Depending on who and where you are, this is probably the highest form of sacrilege, but I stand by my recipe. I love tomatoes. I grew up on them. My mom’s kitchen is the original “red sauce joint” but sometimes you just have to go your own way. This is one of those times. Please trust me and give this a try.

This recipe goes way back

I first came up with my rendition of chili which I used to call fake chili because it didn’t resemble any popular versions, back when I lived in King of Prussia, PA.  If you can believe it, my apartment back then was almost half the size of either New York apartments I’ve lived in. Oddly enough, the kitchen was the biggest room in the place. It would have been the perfect small space kitchen if it weren’t for the electric stove which I could never get used to. Somehow I still managed to make some killer meals. It’s such a shame that I never wrote down any recipes. I guess I was young enough to think that I’d never forget anything. After several attempts, I’ve finally come up with an improved version of the original by adding ingredients like beer, paprika and fresh parsley. How could you go wrong?

Whether you’re looking for a main meal to go with the rest of your Super Bowl spread or a rebellious answer to Meatless Monday, this meal has you covered. In fact, if you make it on a Monday you can enjoy the leftovers for your Taco Tuesday. You can even put it over pasta if you’re feeling adventurous. Consider it Bolognese Americano. On Sunday, we’ll serve it with tortilla chips and top it with shredded cheese, fresh parsley and dollop of sour cream. I like to put a layer of shredded iceberg lettuce in my bowl before taking a generous scoop and it perfectly tempers the extra hot sauce I always add to my dish.

Get the recipe

Don’t forget to get ready for Sunday’s festivities by checking out the recipe ahead of time. Our recipe serves about 6 people but you can easily double it to feed a larger crowd. It’s a great dish to bring if you’ve been invited to a party. And if you really want to impress your friends, bring a nice IPA to go with it. Have fun this weekend and eat well. Go Eagles!