Recipe for Simple and Delicious Chili

Chili as a complete meal and more

When I was 18, I worked for a woman named Ginger who is originally from the south. She had a little hole in the wall restaurant with her chili being the star attraction and it was in this setting where I learned how to make it. We served bowls of just chili, chili over rice, plates of chili dogs, chili burgers, chili omeletes. Ginger told me true Texas chili does not contain beans. Her reciple was basically meat, onions, garlic, spices, tomato sauce and water. After the chili had simmered a while, the last thing stirred into the pot would be masa flour mixed with water. It served to thicken and add corn flavor. Although Ginger gave me a good base recipe, I've added some things to make it my own (including beans!)

Christel is a good friend who is also originally from the south. She turned me on to "Chili Frito Pie," which essentially is serving chili over a bed of Fritos. Good stuff although I prefer to use plain tortilla chips since they seem to be a bit lighter (Frito's are pretty oily).

What else goes good with chili? How about cornbread? I will sometimes make cornbread and instead of having it as a side, I ladel the chili over the top.

The perfect accompaniment to top chili with is grated cheddar cheese and finely chopped onions. Unless one has allergies I highly recommended these (at least the cheese!) in order to fully enjoy this hearty fare. From some of the suggestions shared here as to how to serve and enjoy chili, a complete meal with all food groups represented is possible (again, don't forget the cheese!).

The following chili recipe will serve 4 people.

1 - 1 1/4lb of lean ground chuck (simple lean ground beef can suffice, I like the 84% lean, 16% fat). Or Jennie O lean 93% lean ground turkey is excellent as well - it comes in 20 oz packages

2 - 2 1/4 medium onions, chopped (depending on whether raw is wanted to serve atop chili)

4 -6 cloves of garlic (chopped super fine; I use a mortar and pestle)

1 green bell pepper, or lg poblano pepper (seeds and pith removed) chopped

1 medium carrot, chopped (optional - adds color, sweetness and nutrients)

1 15 oz can of rinsed kidney beans or black beans (or some of both)

1 15 oz can of tomato sauce

2 cups of H20

2 1/2 T chili powder (use a pinch of chipotle if you want to "kick it up a notch," as Emeril would say)

1 T ground cumin

1 1/2 tsp of oregano

3/4 tsp salt

1 T chopped cilantro

Cayenne pepper or red chili flakes can be added for heat. Start with 1/4 tsp and let simmer a while and then add more if desired. (Jalapeno's out of the jar are good too!)

Masa Harina flour (also optional)

Begin by starting to brown meat. When the browning process is 3/4's of the way complete, drain fat. Return to heat and add onions and garlic and spices and continue cooking until onions are no longer raw. Then add other vegetables and continue cooking for a couple more minutes. Add can of drained beans and tomato sauce. 1 3/4 cups of water. Let simmer for 20 minutes. Taste to see if there are any spice additions needed. Let simmer for at least another 40 minutes. Masa Harina flour and water can be blended (to a prepared "cream of wheat" type consistency) and then stir into chili.


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christinekv 4 years ago from Washington Author

Thanks for the visit PC! Hope you are well too! Blessings back at ya!


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drpastorcarlotta 4 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Yummmmmmmm! Thanks for the receipe, I like! Pray things are going well for you! Be Blessed..


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Hahah I dont use measurements for spices anymore either. Even if I read a recipe and it says how much to use for a certain spice I just dash or splash...so I wont be much help to you! Hopefully anyone else that reads and uses the recipe does the same ;)


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christinekv 4 years ago from Washington Author

Hi Ardie! It's really chilly here too...we've been blasted by snow the last couple days and are looking to get some more over the next day or so...I just made this tonight and it came out great! (I had the cilantro and jalapeno on hand and added them when these are ingredients I don't always use). Wish I'd made more, bummed it's all gone! Two growing boys, food doesn't last like it used to! Thanks for the visit and hope yours comes out good. I've been cooking some things long enough now, I don't always measure my spices so these were actually guestimates! Let me know if you think I need to back off on some of the spice measurements but hopefully I won't have to edit or learn at your expense I was off!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Oh my word this looks perfect for a night like tonight. I am sitting in front of my computer shaking because its chilly and snowing like mad - and I love me some chili! Thanks for sharing this recipe girl :)

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