Celebrate Inauguration Day with a presidential chili

The Obama Family Chili Recipe is a great way to celebrate the inauguration of our 44th president.

The Obama Family Chili Recipe is a great way to celebrate the inauguration of our 44th president.

At noon on Tuesday, Jan. 20, Barack Obama will become the 44th president of the United States. No matter what your party affliations, all good Americans wish glad tidings to the new president and the new administration.

To celebrate, I found President-elect Obama’s favorite chili recipe, as reported on “Good Morning America.” Of his chili, Obama says, “”If you make it right, it’s just got the right amount of bite, the right amount of oomph in it, and it will clear your sinuses.”

I had never had chili served over rice, as Mr. Obama recommends, and I was surprised at how good it was. I still had a few crackers on hand, but really didn’t want them as the rice was so tasty. He also mentioned garnishing the chili with grated cheddar cheese, onions and sour cream.

Hope you enjoy the chili, this week, or anytime this winter!

Obama Family Chili Recipe

1 large onion, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

Several cloves of garlic, chopped

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 lb. ground turkey or beef

1/4 tsp. ground cumin

1/4 tsp. ground oregano

1/4 tsp. ground turmeric

1/4 tsp. ground basil

1 Tablespoon chili powder

3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar

Several tomato’s, depending on size, chopped

1 can red kidney beans

Sauté onions, green pepper and garlic in the olive oil until soft. Add ground meat and brown. Combine spices together into a mixture, then add to the ground meat.

Add red wine vinegar. Add tomatoes and let simmer until tomatoes cook down, then add the kidney beans. Cook for a few more minutes. Serve over white or brown rice. Garnish with grated cheddar cheese, onions and sour cream.

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