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“She’s into football, she likes my chili.” -John Anderson
Spring is soon to be sprung and in DC, “spring” weather has begun. The weather here is a strange thing. In the last week, we had a few days in the mid 60’s, one in the mid 70’s, and a 2-day windstorm that knocked the temperature down to the low 40’s. It also knocked our power out for 65 hours. And now, as I’m writing this… it’s snowing. WTH!?
Dealing with just about three full days of a cold house with no power was rough… Especially for someone who loves to cook! And one of the worst parts… if you’ve been following along, you shouldn’t be surprised that the fridge was full of four different mac and cheeses. With no way to warm them up during the power outage, I could not save them from the rising temperature of the fridge. But I was hungry!
The good news is I have a gas stovetop! Even without electricity, lighting the stove is possible and it truly saved my spirit. No power meant no hot water to shower in, so I went old school and heated a huge stockpot of water to make myself a bath. But between the hot bath, fire in the fireplace, and layers of clothing, it was still cold. I needed some chili to warm my soul.
I’ve been making this chili for years. From football/Super Bowl parties, housewarmings, winter, and family dinners my Rainbow Chili is always a hit! I call it “Rainbow” chili because it has a little bit of (almost) every color in it.
I know what you’re thinking… “Sweet Potatoes?! In chili??” Yes. 10000% YES! They are the perfect addition to this hearty chili. Personally, I’m a fan of chili that has a bit of a spicy kick. But the addition of sweet potatoes helps to mellow out the heat.
I want to send a special little shout-out to the wonderful men and women at the Boone Co. Sheriff’s Office. I made a huge pot of this chili last month but wasn’t going to be able to finish it before I went out of town. So I sent it to the office in hopes of warming their souls during a pretty cold winter. To my surprise, they sent back raving reviews. And, if you needed any more convincing on the sweet potatoes… There is one deputy who hates sweet potatoes, but after trying this chili he said it was now the only way he would eat them! After trying the chili, a few deputies even asked for the recipe, and so, here it is! And, because you don’t get it enough, “Thank you!” to all the LEOs out there.