I made Salmon Chili. Why not, right?
My salmon chili has beans it it too. Why not, right? When it comes to making a pot of chili, the possibilities seem wide open. At least they do to me. However, I realize there are certain places in Texas where chili is defined simply as chunks of beef simmered with dried chilies and nothing else. I usually break that rule.
My salmon chili is yet another example of me breaking the chili rules. But don’t worry, I’ve been breaking the chili rules for years. So it’s only natural that I’ve learned a few chili rules of my own. First and last rule: There are dozens of acceptable chili incarnations. Salmon chili has just become one of them. You see I’ve made chili with beef, chicken, turkey, pork and even lamb. Hold your ears in Texas, but I’ve even made vegetarian chili. Still, this is the first salmon chili I ever made. I don’t know why I waited so long.
I wasn’t avoiding making chili with seafood. In fact I’ve made cioppino more than once that came dangerously close to being labeled chili (I tend to have a heavy hand when it comes to spice). But I never set off to make salmon chili, until now.
You see I was recently rooting through the freezer and I came across a filet of a whole King salmon. It was sent to me by the nice folks at Alaska Seafood. It was so special I just couldn’t decide what to do with it. Well I finally decided that it couldn’t just sit in the freezer any longer. So I chopped off a pound and wondered what to make. I opened my pantry and the first thing I saw was a can of white beans. White beans are one of those chili rules I don’t mind breaking. So before you can say sautéed onions– I was making salmon chili.
Once I decided I was making chili (with no rules) I added a poblano chili for its fresh bite, and of course jalapeño for a sharper sting. You could leave those out I guess. (There are no rules for this salmon chili). I may have started with something as unexpected as salmon, but it was shaping up to be a fairly traditional chili. That is if you don’t count the beans. In Texas they don’t like beans. Evidently it’s a rule. GREG