Share your favorite Chili recipe
Oh gosh...I have a couple that I use to tell you the truth. Sometimes I just toss stuff in too. No recipe at all. lol
I have tweaked my Grandpa's chili recipe over the years and now can pretty much make a batch with no recipe. I brown the hamburger first and then toss it in a crock pot along with diced onion and green peppers, tomato sauce, a can of diced tomato with chilis, and then seasonings of salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, curry powder, garlic, a couple bay leaves, paprika, a dash of red pepper. Then I put it on low and simply let the flavors all meld together all day.
My Grandpa's recipe did not contain beans. I grew up eating chili this way - they'd have a bowlful of VanKamps Pork n Beans on the table and we'd spoon some pork n beans on top of our chili for 2 purposes - to tone it down if too spicy, and to cool it down if too hot. lol. When I grew up and had chili in other places, it just seemed wrong to see the beans already in the chili!
I don't like spicy food so when I make chili I just use ground beef, onions, diced tomatoes and a can of tomato soup. I like to put cheese and sour cream on top when it is in my bowl.
I have a variety of recipes I use, most of which only vary in the spices used or the meat used. I always thought of chili as being made with ground meat, but many years ago when visiting in Mexico I found, much to my surprise, that they do not use ground meat. So now I sometimes use pulled roast beeg or chicken or turkey and all the chili seasonins, tomato sauce, usually do add chili or kidney beans and often a can of diced tomatoes with chilis. I top with sour cream and cheese.
That really looks good. Cindy, how do you find out these things? I love Chili Day.
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