Joshua Hale Fialkov

Purveyor of sheer awesomeness.

Joshua Hale Fialkov is the Harvey, Eisner, and Emmy Award nominated writer of graphic novels, animation, video games, film, and television, including:

THE LIFE AFTER, THE BUNKER, PUNKS, ELK'S RUN, TUMOR, ECHOES, KING, PACIFIC RIM, THE ULTIMATES, I, VAMPIRE, and JEFF STEINBERG CHAMPION OF EARTH. He's also written for NBC's CHICAGO MED and SYFY's upcoming INCORPORATED.

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Fialkov Freedom Chili

ChiliIn honor of the Holiday, I made some of my from scratch turkey chili for a visit from my mother-in-law.   I make it thusly: Ingredients: 2 lbs of Turkey 2 onions 2 green peppers 1 red peppers 2 fresh tomatoes 1/2 clove of garlic 2 cans of diced jalapeno peppers 1 large can of tomato sauce 2 cans of diced tomatos 1 can of pinto beans (or pintoito if you can find them) Cayenne Pepper Chili Powder Salt 2 limes Beer, as desired.

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Dice the onions and add to the ground turkey.  Brown the turkey and onions.  As they brown, continue to dice the rest of the vegetables and add as you go.  Green peppers, red peppers, and garlic should go in first. Next dice the canned chilis. As the meat is finishing browning, dice the fresh tomatoes and toss them in. This would be where you'd add the beer, if you chose to do so, just make sure you let it burn off a bit before the next step.

Add a few tablespoons of chili powder, a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and the can of tomato sauce. Stir all together. Add the can of diced tomatos and let simmer. this is the part where I tend to flavor to taste, using the salt and the chili powder. Cut the lime in half, and squeeze it. I like to toss in the rest of the lime into the pot. Let it simmer for a few minutes, and then add the beans.

Now, you can let it simmer for a couple more minutes and eat, or, you can let it really take it's time and simmer for a few hours. Make sure to scoop out the lime rinds before serving.

Essentially the key is to add as many fresh vegetables at the top of the recipe, and, make sure there's enough chili powder to give it some kick. Oh yeah, and you can add a bit of sausage to make it extra awesome.

Enjoy and have a happy 4th of July.