Yield: Approximately 4-6 large servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

I love making chili for many reasons 1. It reminds me of my dad a.k.a Pops. 2. The amount of variety that ensues my kitchen table on chili night will bring a tear to any food lovers eyes. 3. You can have this bad boy on your table in 40 minutes tops.

Pointers:

  1. Stay away from cooking this recipe in cast iron, aluminum or an unlined copper pan, these are considered reactive pans. Cooking acidic foods (tomato products) in a reactive pan can alter the color and flavor of your dish.
  2. When cooling leftover chili-cool with the lid off, same reason as above. Leftover chili is the best and it always tastes better the next day! You can seriously put chili on almost anything- creamy polenta, brown rice, mashed potatoes and heellllooo chili cheese fries. You can even make another meal out of your leftovers how does a chili pizza sound or even chili quesadilla’s, Tex-Mex mac&cheese anyone?
  3. Not only can you put chili over anything BUT you can also top it with a million different tasties. Here are a few suggestions for toppers – avocado, cheese, green onion, red onion, lime, sour cream, tortilla chips, jalapenos, fresh cilantro, onion straws and/or classic oyster crackers.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1c. red onion (1 medium onion)
  • 1c. green pepper (1 medium green pepper)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2c. beef stock
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28oz)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 cans kidney or pinto beans rinsed and drained
  • 2.5 teaspoons brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Heat oil in pan over medium heat saute onions, peppers and garlic for approximately 5 minutes.* Don’t forget to add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Add your ground beef or turkey and brown.
  • Incorporate dried herbs, sugar, beef stocks, tomatoes and beans.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes on low.
  • Taste- salt and pepper to taste-simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve in a big bowl over anything you choose, top with anything you choose! Enjoy!

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