Hi kids! So it’s the end of October, and it’s starting to get cold outside. I’m not ready for this!! We’ve heard that winter in MN is really scaaary!! Waaa!! About all I can do is make a nice, hot meal, and everyone likes chili, right? And everyone has their own way to make it. I’ve always made it the way my mom makes it, and there’s not really a recipe. Like meatloaf, I usually just dump some stuff in until it looks right. Well, here’s my attempt at trying to remember what was in our chili! Please excuse the dark picture – this was a reheated bowl that Wayne had, and he did not have the patience for my photoshoot.
My mom’s “recipe” – sort of – combined with Wayne’s additions
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/2 large onion, chopped
- 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped (this is Wayne’s addition)
- 2 cans diced tomatoes
- 1 can hot chili beans
- 1 can light red kidney beans
- 1 packet chili seasoning mix
- 1 small can mushrooms (another one of Wayne’s additions, much to my dismay)
- seasonings to doctor it up a little – worchestershire, garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper
- you might need to add a little water if the chili is too thick
- Saute the meat, onions and peppers in a skillet until meat is cooked and veggies are softened. Season as desired.
- Dump the rest of the ingredients into a crockpot, then add the meat/veggie mixture.
- Stir to combine and season as desired. Let it cook on high for a few hours, then reduce to low. The longer it cooks, the better is tastes!
- Top individual servings with shredded cheddar, crushed crackers, sour cream, hot sauce or other desired toppings.