Friday, January 2, 2009

Award winning chili

I didn't win the award, but my little sister Teri won an informal chili-cookoff at a friend's house with this recipe. It's a quick and easy recipe, yet tastes better than any mix or chili starter I have tried.

It is the best kind of recipe...easy to make, easy to double, and extra can be frozen for future weeknight meals. I always make a double batch and freeze half. When it is cold and wintery outside, it will be quite delightful to warm some up for a no-cook meal after work. I serve it with brown rice and a little bit of shredded cheese when I am trying to be respectable...fritos and a whole lotta cheese when I'm not.

1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, finely diced
1 green pepper, finely diced
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced (optional)
1 small can chopped green chiles
1 can chili beans (I use Bush's mild)
1 can petite diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin

Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a dutch oven. Add onion and peppers, and season with salt and pepper. Cook for a few minutes, and add the ground beef and garlic. Season again with salt and pepper. Cook until the meat is no longer pink, breaking it up into small pieces as it cooks. Add the chili powder and cumin and stir it into the meat. Add green chiles, tomatoes, and beans. Stir, and simmer on low for at least 10 minutes...longer if you have time. I simmer mine uncovered because I like it thicker. Check for seasoning before serving, and simmer a few minutes longer if you end up adding more salt and pepper.

If you like it spicy, it is really good with a minced chipotle pepper and a little bit of the adobo sauce it comes packed in. But since Gabby eats it too, I leave out the chipotle and jalapeno (I still use the green chiles).


KatieBug said...

That sounds good! AND it is gluten and dairy free!

Kate said...

That sounds delicious and I love the idea of serving it with brown rice. I'm going to try making this next week! And I love that you can make extra and freeze it.

kelli said...

I'm not usually a big fan of chili, but this one sounds awesome! I think I'll definitely make it this week.

twinsmomma said...

Yum, sounds great! I definitely want to try it sometime too...I need to get over my hamburger aversion though! Bart would enjoy it though and I could always just skip the meat on mine and add celery like I usually do.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe I actually posted something you guys can eat. I'll tag it GF and DF! If you make it, let me know how it turns out! This is one of my go-to of my all time faves.

kelli said...

Verdict = Tasty! I just used a can of regular pinto beans because I didn't have the chili ones in the cabinet and it was still good. We ate it with rice and cheese and tortilla chips. My boy (22 months) ate 2 bowls and my girl (5) picked at it and said it was good but she wasn't "in the mood for it", which could mean any number of things, but I'm definitely making it again!