Welcome to BREAKFAST MONTH here at Surviving the Food Allergy Apocalypse. While Denise is generally up way before I am (and not just because she’s in a time zone that is three hours earlier), neither of us is big on cooking first thing in the morning. How do you cook before coffee? But we’re both big on eating first thing in the morning. Denise’s go-to is oatmeal. Mine is hash brown patties from the freezer, although when I find the time to make them, I love these Eat Your Veggies for Breakfast Patties). Most of the time, that’s fine, but I do occasionally get bored.
This recipe was for Eliza, not from Eliza. One morning at work, while waiting for the coffee, she was considering whether or not to eat chili for breakfast, and we wondered why there wasn’t a thing that actually was breakfast chili. I spent the next three weeks thinking about it, and then I had to make breakfast chili. And it was good.
This recipe uses ground pork, seasoned with molasses, garlic, onion, and fennel for a sausage-esque flavor. The chili part comes from ancho chili powder, tomatoes, and beans — though you could skip the beans if they aren’t your thing. I do highly suggest that you find plain chili powder. I guess that most people don’t know that “chili powder” is actually a blend of spices that usually includes onion, garlic, and oregano — ancho chili powder is just the chilis, which gives you more latitude on other seasonings. You can order if from Penzey’s if you can’t get it locally.
I highly suggest serving this with hash browns if you’re like me. Toast would also work if you have some. Toppings could include the typical chili things — I think avocado would be particularly nice, though I haven’t tried it. It doesn’t NEED anything else, but feel free.