Saturday, March 8, 2008

It's Chilly...How About Some Chili?

I interrupt my regularly scheduled post to bring you the following announcement and unscheduled recipe. It's snowing...

Let's make some Chili!

I wasn't really planning on this post, but it's let's do it. I made chili last night, but I didn't do the normal step by step pictures. I just made my chili without even thinking about a post...then it hit me! It was supposed to snow! I should have done a photo shoot! Well, after I made the chili, I did snap a few pictures so you could see.

Honestly though, you don't need pictures, this recipe is so easy even a caveman can do it! *wink*

Paula's Chili
  1. 3 pounds extra lean ground beef, browned, drained, rinsed (I mix in ground venison if I have it.)
  2. 2 Large Yellow Onions, lightly sauteed.
  3. 64 oz. tomato juice
  4. 2 10 ounce cans of Rotel tomatoes (or 2 cans diced tomatoes and one small can green chilies)
  5. 1 28 ounce can Hunt's Crushed Tomatoes
  6. 2 16 ounce cans Bush's Light Red Kidney beans, drained, rinsed
  7. 1 Tbs Cumin
  8. 2 Tbs Hot Chili Powder
  9. 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  10. 3 Tbs Pickled Jalapeno's, diced
  11. Optional: 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes; 2 Tbs Fresh Chopped Ciliantro (I forgot I had some Cilantro paste in the frig...I am adding 2 Tbs for the next day. You can find it in the produce section of most grocery stores...I found mine at Kroger.)
[Note: you can control the heat by using regular chili powder, eliminating the cayenne pepper and the jalapenos. My chili is hot, but it won't burn your mouth or anything.]

Dump all that stuff in a stock pot:

Simmer for a couple of hours on low heat with the lid off. This recipe makes a ton (of course...I have a hard time doing small soups), but it is even better the next day and it freezes very well.

Now, take a baking sheet, cover it with corn with cheddar cheese...slap on some jalapeno slices...pop in the oven at 350 degrees until the cheese bubbles. Nom, nom, nom!

Ladle some chili in a bowl and top it with some sour cream, diced green onions and some cheedar cheese...get you a plate of nachos...and chow down!

It's SNOWING! It's Chili! Join me as I dine...


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