To all our dear friends and family in the cold Northeast: we do not envy your bone-chilling cold this Valentine’s Day. I hope my Green Chile Chili menu will warm you up and tickle your tastebuds in the days to come. A bit of spice and heat in food is always welcome in the winter. Bright chiles and even out-of-season strawberries give the promise of warmer weather on the way.
Harris’s brother-in-law, Nathan, went deer hunting a while back and has at least 100 pounds of venison in the freezer. He shared his bounty with us, and today’s chili recipe was inspired by his gift. But you certainly don’t have to use deer meat. Beef chuck is delicious, too. I wanted a variation on the usual bowl of red and thought that several types of green chile would be a nice change. I added some tomatillos for an additional green component and braised it in a slow oven for tender, tender meat and mellow pepper flavors with a hit of heat that won’t knock your head off. Then I garnished it with cilantro and sliced raw jalapeños for crunch and a fresh, herbal note and topped it with creamy avocado.
For dessert, I made a strawberry salsa and paired with yummy paleo cookies I found on glutenfreebaking.com. I added some minced jalapeño for a little unexpected punchiness—it was so good with the bright, crunchy, sweet salsa. Use the cookies to scoop up the fruit for a paleo take on savory chips and salsa.
For tunes I picked some of my favorite love songs. I’m so grateful to be married to a man I adore, and wish everyone could have a joyous Valentine’s Day. I know this holiday can be bittersweet for some, and down right sad for others. That’s the thing about holidays. Love comes in a variety of ways. I sincerely hope that however you view this day, you will cherish those who love you and those you love in return.