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5 Best Chili Recipes for your Teak Butcher Block

5 Best Chili Recipes for your Teak Butcher Block

Fall has finally hit Texas- and you know what that means, time to pull out the crock pot and the butcher block.  Chili is my favorite fall/winter meal because you can load it up with just about anything you have in your refrigerator.  Its a great way to get a hearty meal that is satisfying, and healthy- especially if you like vegetable chili.  There is always a bit of prep, but with my Teakhaus by Proteak butcher block in hand, its fun and easy.  Here are a few of my favorite chili recipes, hope you like them as much as I do!  Also below are a few of my favorite Teak Butcher Blocks from Proteak. 

1.  The Best Chili On Earth from Pip and Ebby

I get a lot of the recipes I love off of Pinterest, and this is one of them! Not only does it taste amazing, but it has amazing pictures, and amazing step by step instructions.  They suggest a variety of meats to use, some of them standard, some of them more exotic.  An important part of this recipe is dicing up all of the flavorings.  A great task for an end grain butcher block from Teakhaus by Proteak.    Visit their blog, and this recipe here.

2.  Spicy Veggie Bean Chili from The Glowing Earth

This vegetarian chili recipe is to die for.  Using both fresh vegetables, and canned beans - this recipe is light and fresh.  It also requires a good amount of fresh vegetable chopping so make sure to you have one of your Teakhaus by Proteak butcher blocks on hand.    Visit The Glowing Earth blog to view the whole recipe.

3. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili from Nutmeg Nanny

Pumpkin isn't just for pie, and lattes...now its for Chili too! Nutmeg Nanny has created this delicious pumpkin chili recipe.  With plenty of fresh ingredients, pumpkin puree, and spicy Italian sausage- I am sure this will soon become a household favorite.  Its a slow cooker recipe, so chop up your ingredients using a Teakhaus by Proteak cutting board in the morning, set the timer and forget about it until dinner time!   See the full recipe on Nutmeg Nanny's blog.

4. Butternut Squash Chipotle Chili with Avocado from Cookie and Kate

Another vegetarian Chili option, with one of my favorite ingredients: butternut squash.  Get out your sharp knives and your butcher blocks  because this recipe is going to take a bit of chopping.  I love how this recipe creates a spicy chipotle chili, and cools it down with a garnish of fresh avocado.   See the full recipe on Cookie and Kate.

5. Firehouse Sausage Chili from Doughmesstic

This sausage chili recipe steps away from the traditional ground beef and beans chili.  The addition of corn gives it a tiny bit of sweetness and the red pepper flakes spices this recipe up.   See the full recipe on Dougmesstic.

5 Best Teak Cutting Boards for your Chili Recipe

With any good chili recipe, you need a good butcher block to support it.  Chili requires a lot of chopping, you will need need a sturdy board that will resist ware & tare, one that will easily house a lot of ingredients at once.  Our teak butcher blocks will do just that! You will see minimal knife marking over time, our heavy wood grain will hold up to heavy duty use- not to mention you can take beautiful step-by-step pictures if you have a blog or website!  We have several boards that are ideal for cooking chili:

1.  Rectangle End Grain with Juice Canal 20 x 14 x 2.5

If I had to pick one board for making chili, this would be it.  It features sturdy end grain construction and a juice canal on one side to catch run away juices.  Low profile hand grips on either side allow for easy transport and clean up.  Not cutting anything that requires a juice canal? Simply flip the board over - the other side is flat!  See it in the shop.

2. Rectangle End Grain with Juice Canal 24 x 18 x 1.5

Feeding a crowd or family gathering? This is the perfect size board for large chili prep.  Its massive size, and durable end grain construction will help you chop all of your ingredients together.  With a juice canal to catch runaway juices and low profile hand grips - try this board out.  See it on the shop.

3.  Rectangle Edge Grain with Juice Canal 24 x 18 x 1.5

Another massive teak cutting board from Teakhaus by Proteak - this one features edge grain construction.  Part of the series cooks Illustrated nicknamed "the last cutting board you'll ever need" this chopping block is one of our most versatile and well loved boards. See it on the shop.

4. Square End Grain with Hand Grips 12 x 12 x 2

This teak chopping block is the ideal size for any kitchen large and small. While being one of our smaller butcher blocks, it still features sturdy end grain construction allowing for heavy duty slicing and dicing over the long run.  This well loved board will fit right next to your crock pot, and easily allow you to chop and add one ingredient at a time. Because of its size, it is also a great herb & spice board, chop up your spices together, lift, and slide them into the pot with your knife. See this board on the shop, its part of our new teak cutting board line for fall / winter 2015.

5.  Rectangle with Groove Lip Handle 18 x 7 x .75

You are probably thinking that this is a strange choice for a chili chopping board, but first let me explain!  This board can be used to both chop your veggies on, and then later serve your chili and sides.  Its 18 inch length gives this board plenty of space to chop large amounts of ingredients with, and its groove lip handle makes this board easy to move around.  Once you are done preparing your meal, give this board a quick rinse and place your bowl of hot chili, on the board as well as your spoon and a side of cornbread.  See this board on the shop, it is also part of our new teak cutting board line for fall / winter 2015.

All  of our Teak cutting boards, butcher blocks, carving boards, chopping boards, and teak wood products are beautifully crafted from responsibly managed forests.  Read more about our company, and  our products here.

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