Monday, June 13, 2011

"Mom's Chili"

Serves : 6+
This chili recipe is a throw it together in the morning and let it simmer kinda recipe. Not spicy (which means safe for new mammas) just simple and heart warming and perfect with a side salad and some cornbread.

( If you look closely I have chili beans that I decided to throw into this recipe because I didn't have enough kidney beans....yeah, didn't like it as much this way- stick with the recipe:))

2 lbs. ground beef, browned
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
Garlic, minced
28oz Whole Tomatoes (or 2 14oz cans)
1 small can tomato paste
1 lg can kidney beans (sometimes I just go for 2 reg cans)
2TB chili powder
2tsp sugar
2tsp salt

Corn, olives, whatever else you might want to add
Simmer all day

Can openers ready? Here we go….
First you need to brown 2 pounds of ground beef…ground turkey for the healthier version.
Second, while the meat is browning chop up a green bell pepper and 1 onion- you can throw those in with the meat if the meat isn’t done yet. If fat needs to be drained…drain it, otherwise transfer your meat, pepper, and onion to a crockpot or stockpot. (or if you are like me, I buy lean meat and then just brown it in the bottom of my stockpot and add everything else to it….less dishesJ)

Now begins the adding of flavors and you are almost done. Add minced garlic, whole tomatoes (diced are fine if that is what you have in the pantry), tomato paste, and kidney beans….then the chili powder, sugar, and salt….done!
Let it simmer for a couple hours to all day. Before serving you can add corn or olives if you want. I usually throw them in 20min or so before and the amount is up to you.
Serve with some cheese, salad, and cornbread. Also freezes really well!

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