Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Easy Chili to take the chill off

Tuesday December 13, 2011

Last night with the temperature dropping down into the 30’s Fahrenheit and the hubby feeling a little bit under the weather, I thought it was obviously a good night for some warm and hearty comfort food. 

I stepped into my kitchen and began to rummage around; I had hot chili peppers and bell peppers in the freezer from Poplar Ridge Farm where I participate in the work share program. I was out of yellow onions but had pearl onions from the farm, organic lean ground beef, a 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes and red kidney beans. I had all the ingredients that I required to cook up a pot of home made chili, which would surely ward off the chill in the air and hopefully bring some comfort to my husband. 

I have my basic chili recipe, however sometimes I use ground turkey, chicken or pork but I have to say that some days when we are craving a hearty chili only ground beef will do. 

Chili with ground beef and hot chili’s


         1 lb ground beef, ground turkey or ground chicken
         1 small sweet yellow onion diced
         2 garlic cloves minced
         28 ounce can diced tomato with liquid
         15 oz can light red kidney and 1~ 15 oz can black beans, rinse to remove excess sodium
         1 Tablespoon chili powder - add more to spice it up 
         2 small hot peppers, slice in half, remove seeds and dice or ½ tsp cayenne or red pepper (the heat increases as the chili cooks, if you like it hot and spicy add more chili’s or powder)
         1 medium size bell pepper, slice, remove seeds and chop           

Cooking Instructions:

         Over medium heat on the stove top heat add the ground beef to a large cooking pot  cook until the beef turns brown about 10 minutes. Drain grease from cooked ground beef
         Add the onions, garlic, diced tomatoes, kidney or black beans, chili powder and peppers
         Bring the chili to a boil and simmer on low for 60 to 90 minutes, the longer you simmer the chili the deeper the flavor
         Everyone's taste buds are different so I usually add enough spice to provide a great flavor, each person can add additional hot sauce depending on how spicy and hot they like their chili
         Salt and pepper to taste, start with ¼ tsp each  

Makes four servings or two if you are really hungry! Double the recipe and freeze a portion to have on-hand when the craving for chili hits again.

What is your favorite Chili recipe?

Just cook something. Cheers! Kary

1 comment:

  1. This recipe looks fabulous! And I love all the heat you've added to it. I'll take a bowl of this chili with a hunk of sweet cornbread!