Carbon Creek Chili

Ever wonder what it would be like to eat that which the crew of Enterprise ate? Help comes from outer space via North Hollywood! Enterprise food stylist Dorothy Duder delivering fresh made, non-reconstituted, non-replicated Carbon Creek Chilli that’ll warm your dilithium. It is the actual recipe served in the Enterprise episode “Carbon Creek.” Whip up a heapin’ helpin’ and watch T’Pol invent velcro, while demonstrating Vulcans really have a soft touch.

Carbon Creek Tavern Chili
In the second episode of season two, T’Pol tells Archer and Trip about her great-great grandmother’s trip to Earth in 1957. Grandmother’s ship crash landed in Carbon Creek, Pennsylvania, where she and her shipmates visit the local tavern in search of nourishment. The special of the day is chili, made extra special by set decorator Jimmy Mees’ selection of vintage dinnerware.

  • Olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 28 ounce can diced, peeled tomatoes
  • 1 20 ounce can kidney beans
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • several shakes cayenne pepper
  • several shakes Tabasco sauce
  • chopped onion for garnish
  • grated cheese for garnish

In a large soup pot over medium heat, heat a small amount of olive oil. Add celery, onion and garlic. Saute and stir for about 3 minutes. Add beef and continue to stir. When meat has browned, add seasonings and stir well. Add tomatoes and kidney beans and stir well. Turn heat down and simmer chili for 1 ½ to 2 hours. Ladle into bowls and garnish with onion and cheese.

Makes 4-6 main course servings.

Space chef Dorothy Duder

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