Obama Can Cook? President Obama’s Chili recipe

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President Barack Obama has time to cook?  Apparently so.  On the colder days this week, enjoy President Obama’s very own chili recipe from Clara Silverstein’s “A White House Garden Cookbook: Healthy Ideas from the First Family for Your Family” as she captures recipes from First Families, past and present.

President Barack Obama’s Chili

Serves 6-8

1 large onion

1 green bell pepper

Several cloves of garlic

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 pound ground turkey or beef

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon ground oregano

1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/4 teaspoon ground basil

1 tablespoon chili powder

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Several fresh tomatoes, depending on size (or

1 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes with juice)

1 (15 ounce) can red kidney beans

Tip: I suggest starting with 4 cloves of garlic and 2 cups of chopped fresh tomatoes. You can substitute 1 teaspoon of fresh chopped oregano and 1 teaspoon of fresh chopped basil for those two dried herbs on the ingredient list. Of course you can adjust everything to taste, including the spices. It’s the people’s choice!

1. Peel and chop the onion. Wash the pepper, remove the seeds, and chop. Peel and chop the garlic.

2. In a pot over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onion, green pepper, and garlic. Sauté until the vegetables are soft.

3. Add the ground meat and sauté until it browns.

4. In a small bowl, mix together the cumin, oregano, turmeric, basil, and chili powder. Add to the ground meat.

5. Add the red wine vinegar to the pot and stir to combine.

6. Chop the tomatoes and add to the pot. Simmer until the tomatoes cook down.

7. Drain the kidney beans in a colander in the sink and rinse with cold water. Add the beans and cook for a few more minutes.

8. Serve over white or brown rice. Garnish with grated cheddar cheese, onions and sour cream.

Clara Silverstein’s “A White House Garden Cookbook: Healthy Ideas from the First Family for Your Family” is packed with a whole section on deliciously light and healthy springtime recipes, making the most of seasonally available fruits, vegetables, and herbs! Best of all, the recipes all have kids in mind, and are intended to get kids to try and love new fruits and vegetables!

The recipes come from First Families as well as from kids’ and community gardens around the country. The spring chapter contains 30 fantastic springtime recipes, including Spring Stir-Fry, Cilantro Pesto, Michelle Obama’s famous White House No-Cream Creamed Spinach, and many more.

Visit www.redrockpress.com/delicious” for more information about “A White House Garden Cookbook: Healthy Ideas from the First Family for Your Family” by author Clara Silverstein.


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    May 15, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Mister President… You need some fire in your chili.

    Other than that, fair enough.

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    Some Texan

    May 15, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Um, chili don’t have turkey in it or beans. This is a beef or turkey and bean stew, and doesn’t look very tasty, at that.

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    May 15, 2011 at 7:12 am

    How can you be from Texas and not know that chili does, in fact, have beans in it?

    What planet are you on?

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    May 15, 2011 at 8:27 am

    That sounds good but I would make it with vegeburger and add some habanero sauce.

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    May 15, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Competition chili may not have beans. That kind of chili is known as “Texas red”. This is also chili, but it’s probably not something most Texas who have been raised on Red are used to.

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    Erik Christensen

    May 15, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Way too bland… just like obama

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    May 15, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Turkey and beans? (rolls eyes).
    There is no fire in that chili bean recipe either.
    It needs twice as much chilipowder and all the 1/4t spices. And a dose green chilis and jalapeños or cayenne pepper.
    I suppose this yankeefide bean soup might have to do for the folks that can’t handle the real deal.

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    May 15, 2011 at 9:10 am

    This chili sounds horrifyingly bland and unappetizing. Where are the hot peppers and why is there basil, turmeric, and red wine vinegar in this “chili”? I wouldn’t call this chili at all.

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    May 15, 2011 at 9:28 am

    “several cloves of garlic” <—– Right on!
    I like the way this guy cooks.

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    AJ Simkatu

    May 15, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Chili has beans in it. Pretending it doesn’t is stupid.

    See proof here: http://bit.ly/jXwgje

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    Jim Strathmeyer

    May 15, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Nice turkey stew recipe! I prefer real chili myself.

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    Jim Strathmeyer

    May 15, 2011 at 11:51 am

    No, AJ, putting chili powder in beans doesn’t mean chili has beans in is. You’re merely being given the cheapest, least nutritious foodstuff possible when you think you’re buying chili.

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    May 15, 2011 at 11:52 am


    Basil? Turmeric? Beans? Red wine vinegar? Tomatoes?

    This is yankee beef soup and I for one weep for the future of our country if we continue down this road.


    “It can only truly be Texas red if it walks the thin line just this side of indigestibility: Damning the mouth that eats it and defying the stomach to digest it, the ingredients are hardly willing to lie in the same pot together.” – John Thorne, Simple Cooking

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    Bill in SF

    May 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Beans or not? Meat or not? Tomatoes or not? There’s only one required ingredient in chili, and that’s chili peppers. I’d put more in mine, but at least Obama also has garlic, cumin, oregano, and onions. Canned red kidney beans are the kind of lame stuff you’d use in Minnesota; I usually use dried pintos.

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    May 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I surprised Michelle allows this crap since its not healthy

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    Chili Queen

    May 15, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    That’s soup! That’s not chili. Mr President you call a lot of things by names that they are not. Where did you say you went to school?

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    May 15, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Chili does not have beans

    “If you know beans about chili, you know chili has no beans,” by Jerry Jeff Walker.

    “The most reliable information on the origin of chili and their recipes comes from old cookbooks. Some early cookbook mention chili but do not include beans as an ingredient. The 1870s US Army Cook’s manual contains a recipe for chili that does not have beans.
    In the Army, beans weren’t included in official chili recipes until just before WW I. As a side bar, tomatoes weren’t added to Army chili until improved canning techniques were developed prior to WW II. The earliest “sort of” recipe for “chili with beans” that I know of, comes to us from the 1880s and a boarding house cookbook which includes chili with beans on the border…”border” meaning, on the side.”


    Rules of International Chili Society (No Beans)


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    May 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Well, I think that arguing ceaselessly about whether or not real chili has beans in it or why there isn’t enough spice in this recipe is largely ignoring the real reason this was probably published. This recipe seems to be meant to yield a quick, easy to make, filling, and relatively bland one-pot food that would perhaps be a perfect solution for working parents with young children that cannot eat spicy things. Relatively inexpensive, less than an hour to make, the kids will eat it, and it produces enough food for the whole family. Would I make this for myself? Absolutely not, because it isn’t in my opinion real chili. When I make chili, it is caustic enough to eat a hole in the tablecloth. But relegating to my main point, I suspect that they didn’t publish this recipe for people who love real chili, so don’t get worked up over it. Just saying.

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    Rusty Shackleford

    May 15, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Fuck you and your chili Obama.

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    steved d

    May 16, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Ok this easy he added beans. Everyone who has ever researched chilli knows about this holy war. I like beans in my chilli like substance but at least I know this.

    Real chilli is made from coffee, meat, spice, tequila, turpentine and dirt. I don’t like real chilli. I made it once and three guests died from heavy metal poisoning.

    1) Why the fark do I care what Barry cooks? There is a time for puff pieces like this and this isn’t it.
    2) Anyone who actually spends 5 minutes looking at chilli recipes knows that real chilli is actually a disgusting concoction that only Texans will eat. They would also know that adding beans to the recipe is equivalent to slapping the mother of every person south of the Mason Dixon line with your cock before stealing her wallet.

    Really if you wanted to do a bullshiat puff piece at least do the research and use something like pasta sauce which no one will kill you over.

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    May 16, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Not sure how a chili recipe is relevant when there is a revolution around the corner 😉

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    Charlie Mac

    May 17, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Funny, I thought he would just redistribute chili from some one who worked hard to make it to a bunch of people who just sat around waiting to have chilli, then he’d “pay” for it by collecting tax’s from the guy who made the chili in the first place….


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    September 25, 2011 at 11:41 am


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