There is nothing better than combining dinner and drinks, especially when you can do it all in one pot. We took direction from Julia Child on cooking a good meal in the kitchen and added a little kick to this chili recipe. You can always opt out on that extra ingredient, but we think it adds just the right extra touch to make a unique, shareable chili concoction.
Loaded Bloody Mary Chili
In a large pot over medium heat, add some olive oil and sauté the celery and onions until soft. Add the garlic and stir, then add the ground beef. Cook until browned, 5 to 10 minutes; drain off the excess fat. Stir in the chili powder, cumin and oregano.
Add the Bloody Mary mix, vodka (if using), Montreal steak seasoning, Tabasco and Worcestershire to the pot. Stir. Add the kidney and pinto beans, stir together well, cover and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add more Smokin' Mary mix or water if needed during simmering.
The best thing about summer is, hands down, barbecue. Ahhhh those charcoal briquettes, the lighter fluid, that sweet snap of a struck match. My dad had many ways to test when the coals were just hot enough to put food on that sizzling metal as we all eagerly waited for our favorite meat to come off slightly charred and smoky. Smokin' Mary Bloody Mary Mix adds a punch to your grilling masterpieces by turning up the heat with a BBQ sauce so tasty, too bad the vegans can't put it on their veggies.
Mary's Smokin Heat BBQ Sauce
Put all ingredients into a saucepan and simmer until thickened to the consistency you prefer.
Mary Says: If you use Smokin' Mary Bloody Mary Mix as a marinade for your meats, don't toss it away, cook it down using the above recipe into a smokin' good BBQ sauce. This sauce will keep in an air tight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Mary has many personalities. She's a spicy gal who mixes well with just about anyone. So bring her into your kitchen and enjoy her special twist on your favorite culinary delights!