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Thursday, February 4, 2010

What’s for Dinner?


Chili!

I never use a recipe for chili, so I never make it the same way twice. I guess you can say I’m still perfecting it!


Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef (usually precooked from my freezer). You could also use ground turkey, pork, sausage – any kind of ground meat.
  • 2 cans of beans (any variety or combination of varieties. I used chili beans and pork & beans this time)
  • Tomato sauce – I always get creative with this, too. I’ve used tomato sauce, tomato paste with water added, pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes….whatever I have on hand. As far as measurements, my family likes chili slightly thicker so I just eyeball it!
  • Chili powder
  • Any other spices I feel like throwing into the mix – italian seasoning, garlic, cinnamon, cumin, minced onion. My husband has even made it with almond bark. Not a spice, but still an odd addition!

Defrost the hamburger, if necessary. Throw all of the ingredients into a pot and heat until warm, about 30 minutes on low-medium heat. I also like to put everything in a slow cooker on low for 8 hours, if I have time. That way the flavors really combine nicely.

Chili is one of those recipes that I love to experiment with. As long as I have some form of the above ingredients in my pantry, chili is always a dinner option! I’ve never made a concoction that I didn’t like.

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