Ryan’s workplace recently had a chili cook-off as an effort to build community within his department. While participation was not mandatory, it was encouraged, and Ryan ambitiously took it upon himself to make his own chili. Always careful not to overburden me with extra tasks, he wanted this to be his project. He’s thoughtful like that. After a quick browse through America’s Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution, he landed on this tomatillo chili. He wanted something a bit different but also wanted to stick with familiar ingredients, and this seemed to fit the bill.
The plan was to work ahead over the weekend and freeze the chili so all he’d have to do later in the week is thaw and heat. Although it seemed to be a carefully thought out plan, when it came time for the cook-off lunch, the chili remained partially frozen and cold in spite of being heated in the slow cooker all morning. After all of that planning, cooking, and transporting, he ended up bringing it all home and we ate it ourselves. Unfortunate and disappointing, yes, but I have to admit I enjoyed having the extra for us. The whole family enjoyed this one so much that I wanted to share it with you all too.