Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Not just any Chili...

Yesterday it was cloudy, dark and chilly.. it was like the epitome of what a fall day is (and it's not even fall yet, how depressing) but it was the perfect day to go home and make up a pot of Chili.. it was on my mind from the minute I walked out the door (at 7:15) so at lunchtime I ran over to the supermarket by work and picked up some ground beef since I had all the other ingredients at home.. Now, this is a recipe from my buddy Mary, and I've seen the recipe a hundred times, but all the amazing reviews was what made me really want to try it to warm my belly and make the day a little less blah.. well.. lemme tell y'all that even though I got home at 6 and the Chili wasn't ready until 8 (and even though it still needed a little cooking it was unbelievable, and even better as leftovers tonight) It was AMAZING! I'll admit ti, I used to get those little chili seasoning packets in the supermarket.. Not anymore! Once you try this, you will be a convert for life and I'm smacking myself that I don't have a camera yet.. but I will soon and I'll post a picture next time (Oh, there will be many next times for this one) I can see me starting this early on a cold Saturday morning and letting it cook in the crock pot all day long.. YUMMY!!

So.. here it is..

Mary's Magic Chili Or, what she calls it;
Not Just Any Chili Chili

Cook and drain:

2 lbs ground meat
1 large onion

Add to dutch oven or slow cooker with the following:

1 28oz can stewed tomatoes
1 15 oz can tomato puree
2 15 1/2 oz drained kidney beans
3 tbsp each Worcestershire sauce and aromatic bitters(optional)
1 12 oc can beer or 1 1/2 c water
3 cloves garlic
1 beef bullion cube
1 tsp crushed red pepper
2 bay leaves (remove before serving)
1 T chili powder
1 tsp EACH coriander, cumin, thyme, oregano, and basil

Simmer uncovered for a couple hours on stove top or in the slow cooker for a few hours... Top with sour cream, grated cheddar cheese, or sliced green onions if you like.

Yea, it's really that easy.. you can adjust it to your tastes.. really easy, really good and it makes enough for a crowd!

Thanks Mary Free Smiley Face