Recipe courtesy of Elizabeth Levesque
I serve this as a chili bar, with the bowls of condiments in the center of the table. Grated cheese, chopped onions, macaroni, and sour cream are normally on the bar, along with a bottle of green Tabasco sauce. Crackers or cornbread, and a crisp romaine salad round the meal out nicely.
Chili can be cooked on top of the stove in a large pot or Dutch oven. However, once you are done browning the meat and vegetables, the chili mixture can be cooked in the oven, or transferred to the crock pot to finish cooking. I’ve made it every way possible because during football season it is the menu item that is requested the most. My recipe is fast, easy and we love it. Tweak it to fit your family’s taste buds. Enjoy!
1 1/2 pounds hamburger (or steak, chicken, pork, etc.)
1 large spanish onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 cans (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes with chiles-Do not drain
1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
1 can (16 oz.) kidney beans-Do not drain
granulated garlic or garlic powder
red pepper flakes
salt and pepper, to taste
1. Brown the hamburger with the onion and garlic, drain.
2. Place hamburger mixture in cooking vessel of choice. Add canned beans, tomatoes and sauce. Mix it up good.
3. Now is the fun part; the seasoning. I didn’t put any measurements here because I tend to cook by feel, in other words by what looks good. Adjust the amounts of seasonings by adding bits of what you like, then tasting as you go along. Husbands are a good source for this task as they will not want to leave the vicinity anyway once they smell garlic, onions and meat cooking. We love garlic and you will notice that I have it on here twice. I like to layer in flavors, so I use the chopped cloves and then the granulated garlic. The chopped cloves of garlic become sweet as they cook and the granulated garlic has the nice bite. You could even drop in a spoonful or two of a roasted garlic purée and that would be just delicious. Add in the seasonings that your family prefers.
4. At this point you want the flavors to have time to mingle. If you are able to allow it a long, slow or low cook, that would be best. If not, then allow it at least 45 minutes to cook.