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LET’S EAT! 5 RECIPES TO ZING YOUR TASTEBUDS

5 chili recipes

I love chili even in the summer.  A bowl of chili, crackers and enough cheese  to be dripping off each spoonful is the perfect meal, bar none.  I like mine mild but I like that you can add anything to spice it up.  There are tons of varieties of chili.  Instapot, stock pot or even a small one serving size pot, can be used for your chili.  My sisters love theirs with fritos but I prefer mine with crackers.  Some like it with cornbread (eww, no!)  whereas others like it with light bread or just plain.

EASY CHILI

  •      2 lbs lean ground chuck
  •      1 onion, chopped
  •      4 (16 oz ) cans chili hot beans with liquid
  •     1 (1 3/4 oz) chili seasoning mix package
  •     1 (46 oz) can tomato juice

Cook ground beef and onion in Dutch oven.  Stir until meat crumbles and is not pink.  Drain.  Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally for 2 hours.

NO BEANS CHILI WITH CORNMEAL

  •   2 lbs ground beef
  •   1 onion, chopped
  •   1 green bell pepper, chopped
  •   2 cloves garlic, minced
  •   1 (10 oz) can enchilada sauce
  •   1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  •   1 can ( 4 1/2 oz) chopped black olives, drained
  •   2 tbsp chili powder
  •   1 tsp salt, dried oregano
  •   1/2 tsp ground cumin
  •   2 cups water
  •   1 cup yellow cornmeal
  •   2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

In a skillet over medium heat, brown the beef, onion, garlic and bell pepper until the beef is no longer pink.  Drain.  Transfer the mixture into a crock pot.  Stir in the next 7 ingredients (DO NOT ADD water, cornmeal or cheese) and  cook on low 8-10 hours or high 4-5 hours, covered.  In a saucepan, bring water to a boil, gradually stir in cornmeal.  Reduce heat to low and cook until thick.  Drop cornmeal by tablespoonfuls into chili.  Increase to high if cooking on low.  Cover and cook for 20-25 minutes.  Sprinkle cornmeal with cheese and cook until cheese is melted.      6-8 servings

 

HEARTY VEGETARIAN CHILI

    •   1(15 1/2 oz ) can Great Northern Beans, drained
    •   1 (15 1/2 oz) can Red Kidney Beans, drained
    •   1 (15 1/2 oz) can chick-peas (Garbanzo beans), drained
    •   1 (16 oz) can whole tomatoes with the juice
    •   1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
    •   1/2 yellow onion, chopped
    •   1 small clove garlic, minced
    •   1-2 tsp chili powder

Combine all the ingredients in saucepan or slow cooker .  Cook over medium heat for 30 minutes to blend the flavors.  If in slow cooker, cook on low for 3-4 hours.    Makes 7 servings.

 

CHILI SPAGHETTI 

  •      1 lb ground beef cooked, drained
  •      1 medium onion, chopped
  •      1 (15 oz) spicy chili beans
  •      1 (14.5 oz) can tomatoes with green chiles
  •     1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  •     1/2 tsp cumin

In slow cooker, add all the ingredients and cook on low 4-6 hours.  Stir to mix well.  If cooking on high heat, cook 1.5- 2 hours.  Serve over cooked spaghetti.  Makes 4-6 servings

 

CHICKEN CHILI

    •            2 lbs chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
    •           2 (14.5 oz) cans mexican style diced tomatoes undrained
    •          1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
    •          1 (1 1/4 oz) mild chili seasoning mix package
    •         1 (15 1/2 oz) can hominy 

Place chicken in slow cooker.  In medium bowl, place rest of ingredients except for hominy in bowl and stir well.  Pour onto the chicken.  Cover.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours.  Add hominy and stir well.  Cook additional 20 minutes.  Makes 6 servings.

That’s all folks.  Enjoy the chili.  Remember you can add or take away ingredients.  Add a little pork sausage to make it spicier, turkey or even deer to make it more interesting.  If you make it with deer, remember that some people ain’t used to it and it may cause uhm, diarrhea. If your guests haven’t had deer meat before and you want them to eat it, a little goes a long way so mix it with regular meat so they’re liable to try it again.  Let’s just say, I know this from experience.  Buffalo meat is a less fat option also.  I have no idea about alligator but you could also try it and see.    Darlene.

 

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