Tonight I had like 8 minutes to jump into the challenge to feed Hudson and his staff working long hours in our home office. I squared my shoulders, put my arms straight up overhead, bent my knees slightly and dove head first into The Cupboard. LA is enjoying June Gloom now that it's June 1st, we call all cool days that. I figured that something hearty would be appreciated. I sprang out of the 5 walls of the cupboard with a jar of Ralph's Pizza Sauce (grabbed that for pizza night months ago but Hudson turned his nose up at it), a can of white Kidney beans and a small can of corn, red pepper and jalepeno. Why not transform the pizza sauce with chili spices?

Why not indeed. I can make chili with cut-rate jarred pizza sauce and Hudson won't know better. I'll make Ralph's brand name sound Mexican and everyone will salute me for the great ''South of the Border" meal.

Ralphael's Pizza Chili
11 oz can Corn, Red Pepper, Jalepeno
14 oz jar Ralph's Pizza Sauce
15.5 oz can Ralph's Kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp pepper, fresh grated
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Tobasco sauce
3 dashes liquid smoke
3 scallions, chopped
Corn chips for dipping

Directions: Dump corn mix and kidney beans into pot on Med heat. Add seasonings and gently stir into corn and beans. Pour pizza sauce over seasoned ingredients and when bubbles appear, turn down to low and cover while chopping scallions. Stir chili and add scallions and cover till bubbly and hot. Spoon into bowls and add chips for dipping.

The result i\was tangy sauce that spoke up unapolgeticaly and said "CHILI, yes! With an 'I' not with an 'E'. The chili powder, garlic powder, liquid smoke and onion powder transformed the sauce into a really lovely meal. We spooned up the crisp corn, subtle peppers, tender, creamy beans + tangy sauce that I'd all chili'd up. Dang, I'll totally make this again! But maybe with a salad to pump up the virtuous feeling of healthful dining... you know, to counteract the canned/jarredness and the corn chips.

OOH! I could totally White Trash this recipe out with Fritos and Cheeze Wiz! Can you imagine a sporting event where I served this piping hot with Wiz-Frito garnishes? Shut UP!



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