Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Hearty Chili

Now that fall has come, it is a wonderful time to try your hand at Chili. Many variations are available, including Seafood and Vegetarian. Chili can have a spicy deliciousness, or be subtly delightful. Considered to be one of the simplest recipes to make, this recipe will help add confidence to the novice chef. For the more experienced, it will add a different recipe to your repertoire. The most fun about making Chili is adding your own personal touch, and flavors. Perfect for any mood, Chili will warm the insides, and wake up the taste buds.


Non-stick low fat cooking spray or olive oil
One large white onion, rinsed and finely chopped
4 celery stalks, rinsed and chopped
4 medium jalapeno peppers, deseeded and finely chopped (optional)
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
2 can chili beans or kidney beans
2 large cans whole tomatoes, chopped
Chili powder
Hot Chili powder (optional)
Seasoned salt
Tabasco sauce
Cayenne pepper

Spray medium sized soup pan with low-fat cooking spray, or use one tablespoon of olive oil. Add chopped celery and onion, and all of the ground beef into pan. Add four dashes of seasoned salt to the mixture. Saute on medium heat, until beef is fully cooked, using a spatula to break meat apart to desired size (fine or mouth sized). Add beans, including juice. Now add chopped whole tomatoes, including juice. It tastes better chopping tomatoes manually then purchasing diced tomatoes. If home canned tomatoes are available, that will taste even better. Add 4 tablespoons Chili powder, two dashes of Cayenne pepper, one tablespoon Paprika, and one dash Tabasco sauce. It is essential to only use a dash or the Chili will be extremely hot instead of flavorful. Stir and cover, and allow to simmer for 2 hours minimum. If possible, after simmering, allow cooling and put in refrigerator overnight, for added flavor. The beef will absorb more seasoning overnight. If watching fat intake, the excess oil can be skimmed off the top of the Chili before reheating. If hungry right away, 2 hours will give you a pleasing meal. This recipe serves up to 6 people. Add salt and pepper to taste with each bowl. Serve a variety of crackers or breads to accompany.

For Chili Mac:
Cook 8 ounces of your favorite spaghetti noodles and ladle Chili over the top.

For Eye Popping Chili:

Deseed and finely chop four medium sized, fresh Jalapeno peppers. Add them to hamburger mixture, when sauteing. Use hot Chili powder version, instead of regular Chili powder for seasoning. Start out with 1 tablespoon of hot version, and continue adding to taste.

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Sources: http://hubpages.com/hub/Famous_Chili_Recipes (for variations of chili)
Thank you Mikkel Keeling for Eye Popping Chili

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