Thanks everyone for the good advice. Since this is for a cook-off :
1. in which I have no vested interest (I’m just trying to be a team player once so I can go crawl back under my rock for the rest of the winter),
2. I was given a package of “really spicy” venison by BYG who won’t be in town to participate, and
3. I am a spice wimp and can’t really adjust the seasoning on anything “really spicy”,
4. and I have a version of the Marian Plague (I keep coughing up little green men, or blowing them out of my nose. You’re welcome.) and can’t taste anything anyway,
I decided to take a little from column A, and a little from column B, and a little from column C.
I started with an idiot-proof recipe that Michael W. e-mailed me, to wit:
1 pound of ground beef
1 can of Rotel
4 cans of beans
16 oz. jar of salsa
I took T-Bolt’s advice and added other species as well; pork, beef and veal (yes, I know veal is beef).
I added a chopped onion and some garlic while I browned the meat.
Then I browned the venison in the leftover fat from the first batch of meat. It looked and smelled a little bit like bulk sausage. I could see some seasonings had been added.
I stirred everything together in the giant crock-pot, added a can of tomato sauce and some chili powder and stirred. I then tasted the spoon. Eh. Bland. I chalked it up to my cold.
And then I tasted it.
I bet you didn’t know you could taste yellow, did you?
You can, and it stings.