Chili was one of the first things I learned how to cook without a recipe, so it holds a fond place in my heart. Over the years how I make chili has evolved and the great part is that it was delicious no matter what form it took! It’s one of my favorite go-to meals and my kids love it, so chili is therefore one of my favorites, too! 😉
As much as I love my chili (recipe below!), chili is one of those dishes I know people have recipes they are proud of and want to share. So I think it’s time for a chili cook off, don’t you? Call for Recipes posts are my favorite and I can’t wait to see what you guys have to share in the chili department.
My recipe is not fancy, but it’s good, easy and flexible. And you can use whatever you have lying around. For you chili diehards out there…yes, I’m breaking all kinds of rules. (Beans! Quel horreur!) So, be nice. This is a FRIENDLY chili cook-off…anything goes, there are no rules!
- About ⅓ of an onion, chopped
- Bell pepper (about half of one…red tastes better, but green offers a nice color contrast…you choose!)
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped or minced…if you don’t have fresh garlic, just sprinkle some garlic powder
- ~3/4 lb ground beef (you can easily make this vegetarian by cutting the ground beef and adding an extra can of beans!)
- 1 can kidney beans (14 oz size)
- 1 can of chili beans (usually a mix of black, pinto and white) - I used to do 1 can of baked beans, but now I usually do the chili beans instead)
- 2 cans petite diced tomatoes
- 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce (or salsa/pasta sauce lying around in the fridge)
- ~2 tablespoons chili powder
- ~1/2 – 1 teaspoon cumin
- ~1/2 - 1 teaspoon paprika
- a few shakes of cayenne on the days I want some heat (red pepper flakes and hot sauce also work)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Saute the onion and bell pepper in a about a tablespoon of oil over medium heat until onions are turning clear and vegetables have softened.
- Add the garlic and ground beef. Sprinkle everything with some salt and pepper. Cook, stirring regularly to break up the meat, until ground beef is browned and cooked through. Drain off fat.
- Add everything else, bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce to medium-low and let cook for about 10 minutes.
- Serve with shredded cheese, corn chips, corn bread, sour cream, whatever you like!
Time for you to share your favorite chili recipes! Any kind of chili counts, variety is the spice of life after all! Bring it on! You want to win the blue ribbon, right?