After a full year of trying to pick up heavy things and become more useful, I am at least able to truly understand and appreciate Rich Froning’s snatch. I am also getting pretty good at meat-themed dinners, including this paleo feast thrown in honor of the first night of the 2012 Crossfit Games.
Inspired by earlier chili experiments at Joe’s apartment, I decided to go for maximum meat and flavor. While I prepared the food, Joe did a little games decorating.
Fittest Chili on Earth
1 lb grass-fed ground beef
1lb pork sausage
1 12oz sirloin steak, finally chopped (I got nervous there was not enough meat so stole this from Joe’s fridge)
2 bell peppers, finely chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
1 large spanish onion, peeled and diced
1 16 oz can of diced tomatoes with their juice
4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
4 dried guajillo or pasilla chiles, soaked in warm water for 20 minutes, stemmed and finely chopped
1/2 cup beef stock
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
4 tbsp chili power (Joe likes to go heavy on this)
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp granulated garlic
1 tbsp hot sauce of your choice (we used cholula)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp cayenne
Salt and Pepper to taste
In a crock pot combine all ingredients above and mix together with your hands. The meat and veggies should become the consistency of loose meatloaf. Cook in crock-pot on high setting for 12 hours, overnight is the best plan. Add a little beef stock if needed during the cooking process, or if too runny, finish the last hour with the lid off to thicken.
Garnish with guacamole
To ensure the that the event was judged fairly, we invited Coach (and part owner of CrossfitNYC) Court Wing to our Games Day Feast. After three helpings, Court snuck away with a container of leftovers… “to share with his family.”
The boys (Joe and my brother, Mr. Will) waited until everyone else went home to polish off an extra lb of Heritage Meats
…and snuggle. Just like two peas in a pod.