I have an interesting thing! Today, a friend and I prepared Kevin’s Famous Chili from a recipe handed down by Malones for generations. The recipe we used was compiled on the YouTube cooking channel, Binging with Babish. Naturally, Kevin’s Famous Chili finds its origin in NBC’s popular television show, “The Office”, as the “best thing [Kevin] does”.
After about 8 hours of preparation and another four hours of cooking, the chili was completed with minor modifications to the recipe based on taste and the fact that we aren’t old enough to purchase the lager necessary. The chili was good, but only so. It failed to satisfy in the way I had come to expect from Kevin’s explanation. Undercooking the onions and preparing a garlic paste gave the chili a collection of very strong flavors. We included sweet Italian sausage to give the chili a more intricate taste, but coupled with the brown sugar (of which we probably added too much), the chili had an overwhelming sweet taste. Unfortunately, the sweetness distracted me from the unique flavor of the toasted ancho.
Overall, the dish was a confusing blend of flavors dominated by what was meant to be a mere undertone but became a meddlesome, sweet tyrant. In future attempts, it would be wise to cut back on the complexity of the dish to avoid the catastrophe of several competing flavors.