It’s mid January and the temperature outside is certainly appropriate for this time of year in New England. It doesn’t look like it’ll change much for the next several weeks so I’m going to share with you a very popular and delicious comfort food recipe. I’m talking about the old hearty and spicy Chili!
I’m not sure why, but this dish is so popular during the summer months. Maybe because its origins are from and around Texas. But I take advantage of it mostly during the winter time. And if you’re gearing up for a Super Bowl shindig, you are sure to amaze your guests or hostess!Obviously I’m not a vegetarian but you can easily make it into a vegetarian dish by omitting the meat and 1 cup less of water. I make this recipe quite often and my family raves about it. It is incredibly easy to make, you don’t have to slave by the stove for hours and it can be easily doubled.
Another plus is that you can make it in your slow cooker as well. Just put all the main ingredients in the cooker, without browning the meat, and set on low for 6-7 hours. Make sure to stir all your ingredients well before leaving the pot to cook. You’ll have a great meal waiting for you on a weeknight after work!
*You can adjust the level of heat to suit your taste. We love it spicy!
- 2.5 lbs. ground sirloin
- 2 (15.5 oz.) cans Pinto Beans or Black Beans, drained and rinsed
- 3 packets Taco Seasoning
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons dried chopped Onion
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons ground Cumin
- 1 Tablespoon Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
- 1 (14.5 oz.) can Diced Tomatoes
- 6 cups of water
- Chopped Green Onions, Chives, or Cilantro
- Sliced Avocados
- Sour Cream
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Crumbled Tortilla Chips
- Crusty French bread for dipping
- Brown meat in a large pot over medium/high heat, about 5 minutes.
- Drain all liquid and bring pot back to stove. Add ingredients starting with the Taco seasoning and ending with Chili powder and stir well.
- Add 6 cups of water, beans and diced tomatoes and stir.
- Bring to a simmer and cook partially covered for 30 minutes.
- Serve while hot and garnish to taste.
There you have it. My easy version of an awesome bowl of goodness. Perfect for those cold winter nights and lazy Sundays! Hope you get a chance to make it. Enjoy!
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