Dr. John Montanee Chili Recipe- Drum Up Some Heat

Chili ! photo by John. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Chili ! photo by John. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

New Orleans loves its dead, and its food. It’s ironic then that not very many people remember the name of one of the city’s most powerful Voodoo figures of all time, namely Dr. John Montanee (Montagne).

He was a man, who lived by myth and became legend… to a few of us anyway. He was renowned as a drummer and a priest. He brought the rhythms and spirit of his native Africa to New Orleans.

The following recipe is like the Crescent City itself, amazingly hot, spicy, and maybe even a little downright dirty. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Dr. John Montanee Chili Recipe

2 cans red beans

2 cans black beans

1 cup corn

1 red onion, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ lb. Ground beef

1 cup beef broth

1 tbs. Cocoa powder

1 tbs. molasses

1 tsp. Paprika

1 tbs. Chili powder

1 tsp. Fresh parsley, minced

1 green pepper, diced

1 tbs. Grapeseed or coconut oil

Louisiana hot sauce (I like Frank’s RedHot) to taste

Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Place red onion and green pepper in pan. Cook til onions are translucent and peppers are slightly browned. Remove from pan and add ground beef. Cook til browned. Return onions and peppers to pan. Add remaining ingredients. Cook over low heat for 2-3 hours stirring frequently. Add salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste before serving. Great over rice, or all by it’s delicious self. For more Voodoo inspired recipes please check out my African-American Ritual Cookbook now!  If you liked this recipe please share it-  in the cyberworld and the physical !


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About Lilith Dorsey

Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University and the University of London, and her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly , filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation, author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism and The African-American Ritual Cookbook, and choreographer for jazz legend Dr. John's "Night Tripper" Voodoo Show. She believes good ritual should be fun and innovative, and to that end she led the first ever Voodoo Zombie Silent Rave Ritual in July 2013, complete with confused Thriller flash mob.