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SimpleChili in RCP

Since we were snowbound for the weekend (3 feet!), I decided to make some chili while watching the Patriots win their way to yet another victory. I got to thinking about recipes — that a weblog is a perfect place to post recipes, even if to just catalog them for myself.

So below is my SimpleChili recipe (passed down from a friend, refined by me), which I’ve also made available in RCP. Never heard of RCP? It’s an XML-based catologging format for recipes. All you need is an aggregator (soon to be standard on most refridgerators), and you’ll have instant, customizable access to your favorite recipes. Fridge-side XSLT processing required, of course.

A formal RCP spec will be written at some point. Suggestions are welcome. I’m half kidding, but conversely, half serious. Anyway, on to the recipe…


  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 tblsp. olive oil
  • 1 large can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 lime
  • 2 12 oz. beers
  • 2-3 tblsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 can drained kidney beans
  • 1 1/2 cups corn
  • water as needed
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Time

1.5 hours


Heat olive oil in a large soup pot. Open one of the beers and take sips throughout. Add onion, celery and turkey. Brown turkey. Add the juice of one lime. Add tomatoes, spices, the other beer and 1 can of water. Bring to a simmer for 1 hour.

Add rinsed kidney beans and corn. Simmer for another 10-15 minutes. Serve with shredded cheese on top and tortilla chips. Serves 4-6.