My parents were vegetarian throughout my childhood and during my teen years they had added white meat (birds) back into their diet. Considering I was dependent on them very much for food my diet mimicked theirs. Therefore, when I started becoming interested in cooking, I watched my mom to learn from her by example. This meant I never really learned how to cook red meat (mammals).
A friend of mine has a yak ranch in Fairplay, CO and I bought a pound of ground meat. I had this meat that I didn’t know how to cook but was interested in trying. I scoured Pinterest for yak meat recipes. I found some ideas but in the end I used the recipes to teach me how to cook the meat properly and added it to a chili. Chili is the best.
To start you need to brown the meat. Yak meat needs to be cooked slowly in order to preserve the flavor. You can also use ground beef or turkey. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the bottom of a large pot. Heat up the oil on medium low and add a pound of meat with one chopped onion.
Cook at a consistent, medium heat until meat is cooked through and onions are translucent.
Drain the liquid from the pan to cut the fat, or leave it in to increase flavor. Add a can of diced tomatoes with liquid.
Drain liquid from three cans of beans. Use some combination of chili beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, black beans etc.
Then add the beans to the pot.
Add a can of tomato sauce, a cup of frozen corn,1 teaspoon paprika, 2 teaspoons ground cumin, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon oregano, 2 teaspoons garlic powder.
Let the liquid cook out for about 20 minutes. Add salt to taste.
Serve topped with cheese with a side of bread or Fritos.
- 1 lb. of ground meat
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 can of diced tomatoes
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 3 cans of beans (kidney, pinto, black etc.)
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
Brown the meat in the bottom of a large pot in a tablespoon of oil with chopped onions on medium heat. Add diced tomatoes with liquid. Drain beans of liquid then add beans to pot. Add the can of tomato sauce, corn and spices. Simmer on low for 20 minutes. Add salt to taste after cooking (salt makes beans tough, add it later to prevent this). Enjoy 🙂