Great chili

Great Chili

Great chili for when the fall chill arrives:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 stick celery, sliced
1 lb lean ground beef
2 teaspoons chili powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon chopped oregano
13 (oz) can crushed tomatoes
2 table spoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon soft brown sugar
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or cider vinegar
13(oz) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1. Heat oil in a large, heavy based pan. Add the onion, garlic and celery and, stirring, over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until softened.
2. Add the ground beef and stir over high heat for 5 minutes, or until well browned. Add the chili powder, cayenne and oregano. Stir well and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
3. Mix in the tomatoes, tomato paste and 4 (oz) of water. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring now and then.
4. Add the sugar, vinegar and beans and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat through for 5 minutes before serving.

This recipe only makes enough for four servings. If you follow it, it should take about 10 minutes to prepare and 50 minutes to cook.

When I make this recipe I multiply everything by 4. When you do this it takes longer to prepare and to cook. Usually I use ground turkey and lean ground beef. Sometimes I use ground venison and lean ground beef. I substitute green and yellow peppers for the celery. I like the color they add to the bowl. Instead of adding water in step 3 I add tomato juice. I also go heavier on the red wine vinegar in step four. I probably add 6 to 8 tablespoons for my version of this chili.

This recipe makes a very comfortable bowl of chill. If you would like a spicier bowl of chili go a little heavier on the chili powder and cayenne. Don’t overdo the cayenne. I have never made this recipe in its basic format. Four bowls just are not enough chili. I always make more so I have some to freeze give to others. By the way if should make some don’t forget us.

4 thoughts on “Great chili

  1. “a very comfortable bowl of chili”, nicely put, sounds just perfect for the tender-tongued, the cowardly-cayenne crew, or the timid-tamale tasters. Thanks for the great-sounding recipe.

  2. I love chili! Have you ever tried putting cheddar cheese and Frito Lay chips in the bowl just before you devour it?? Sounds like this would be an excellent recipe!!

  3. Gary in looking for a warm hearty meal…I came across this receipe and it sounds perfect…its cold once again and a big bowl of chili sure sounds good….I may have to cook up a big pot this week….thanks….dj

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