I just recently discovered that Winter is not officially here yet. Considering the amount of snow and how it is teeth-chattering freezing outside, I’m inclined to disagree. However I did not get my degree in Meteorology. So I step aside when it comes to these matters.
Since it is cold and I’m sure that everyone has booked their Winterboo for the season, I wanted to share a great recipe for Chili to keep tummys and hearts warm.
Prep Time: 30 mins Cook Time: 35-40 mins
What You’ll Need:
- 1 lb Lean Ground Beef or Turkey
- 1 Small Onion, Diced
- 1 Minced Garlic Clove (1 Tbs Minced Garlic)
- 1 Can Chili Beans
- 2 Cups Stewed Tomatoes (or 1 16oz can of stewed tomatoes), still in their juices
- Dash Worcestershire Sauce
- Chili Powder, Seasoning Salt, Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper to taste
- Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- Sour Cream
After you’ve diced and minced your onion and garlic respectively saute in a hot skillet sprayed with cooking spray. (Using cooking spray is healthier than oil or butter) Add the beef, season a little bit with the Seasoning Salt and pepper, and cook until completely browned and the meat is crumbled nicely. Drain and then put back onto the heat.
Drain the can of beans and add to the beef along with the stewed tomatoes. Add the quick dash of Worcestershire sauce and all of the seasonings. I tend to season conservatively and then taste my way along with each of the seasonings. I love my chili to be spicy, but the Beau doesn’t so much.
Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and cover allowing to simmer for about 35 mins. Eat alone or serve over chili with cornbread on the side. I like to top with a dallop of sour cream and a sprinkle of sharp cheddar cheese!
**A great addition would be to break up some good sausage and add that to the beef as well. Great flavor!
*** Also, play around and add different veggies. Consider diced green and red peppers for extra zest!