Thursday, September 8, 2011

Convict Cuisine: Jailhouse Chili

In addition to the last meals of executed criminals, our book also contains popular recipes from prisons across the country.

For those who have always wanted to sample prison food--but without the annoying jail term--here's one of the authentic recipes from our book.


25 pounds of coarsely-ground beef
1/2 pound of cumin
1/4 pound of chili powder
1 & 1/2 ounces of paprika
2 handfuls of crushed dried red chili peppers
1/2 pound of finely chopped garlic

Place all ingredients in a big pot, fill with water, and close the lid tight. Cook 15 minutes on high before stirring. Stir contents and allow them to simmer 30 to 40 more minutes.

Prison chefs supposedly never add more water during the cooking process, but will instead “correct the seasoning to desired strength.” This may require the addition of 2 handfuls of monosodium glutamate “for the desired taste balance.”

Serves roughly 100 people---assuming they survive the first bite!

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