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The Story Behind Raquel’s Favorite Chili

Raquel, manager of Town & Country’s Scarborough branch, calls Maine home today, but has her roots in Colorado. A die-hard Denver Broncos football fan, Raquel has great memories of watching her football team compete with her family while enjoying a pot of her mom’s spicy chili.

The Denver Broncos are still Raquel’s favorite team and her mom’s chili is still her favorite thing to make for game day. Today, Raquel adds a Maine twist to this special dish. She likes to use as many fresh ingredients from local growers as possible in her chili. Raquel loves to bring her two young children to shop at local farmers markets to pick out the onions, garlic and green chilis that make this recipe so flavorful. For her it is a great way to teach her children about the wonderful local flavors of Maine while enjoying one of her favorite family recipes from back home.

Here is a copy of the recipe If you would like to try Raquel’s Favorite Chili at your next football party.

Raquel's Favorite Chili

  • 3 TBS vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion chopped (at least 1 cup)
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 TBS flour
  • 2 cups of your choice of chili
  • 1/2 cup chopped hot green chili
  • 1/2 TBS ground cumin
  • Pinch of oregano
  • 2 cups chicken stock (I make this with Better Than Bouillon) just mix a good spoonful into the hot water or directly into hot soup.
  • 1 tsp salt - you may want to test before adding the salt as the bouillon does give it a nice degree of saltiness.

Instructions

Heat oil and add onion. Cook about 5 minutes and add garlic.

Cook another minute and stir in flour. Cook for 1-2 minutes stirring so flour doesn't burn and also so that it cook and you don't get a floury taste.

Add Chilies. Pour in stock and seasonings. Taste for salt and adjust if necessary.

Bring to boil over medium heat and cook for about 15 to 30 minutes on a low simmer covered.

if you want it thicker add more broth or water. This can cook for longer if you want your chili a softer texture.

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