Chili

It’s Chili today created by the hubby featuring my Chili Seasoning Blend.

David likes creating comfort food classics like American Chop Suey, Chili and Scottish Stovies (which i need to feature) and I LOVE when I can take a back seat in the kitchen and inspire others ❀.

Chili is an American classic and perfect for the fall and winter months. I mean how great is it on a cold Sunday evening or during a football game or as leftovers at lunchtime, am I right?

Chili is one of those dishes served many different ways. Some like it served with corn chips or fresh bread, others like it served over a baked potato, rice and pasta are also a favorite, rice, like Cincinnati style spaghetti. Chili toppings are also a must, in my opinion.

Chili topping ideas can include:

  • Cheese – Adds creaminess and can cool the heat
  • Sour cream – Add sour notes and again, cool the heat
  • Lime – Adds citrus brightness
  • Cilantro – Adds freshness
  • Jalapeno peppers – Adds an extra punch of heat

My favorite combo is lime and cilantro, with a light lager πŸ˜‹. What’s your favorite way to serve chili?

As I mentioned, this recipe features my Chili Season Blend and in that post, I shared that I like creating my own seasoning blend versus buying the seasoning envelope (if Dave had it his way, it would be the envelope πŸ˜‰) because you know the ingredients included and you’re able to control spice levels. We always have this seasoning blend in our spice cabinet because it can be used with Tacos, Chicken, Veggies and Chili.

How fabulous is my spice cabinet ❀

When you have this seasoning on hand, it makes creating Chili and other dishes, that much easier because all you need is beef, beans, onions, garlic, tomato sauce and the spice blendLet’s .

Let’s talk about the beans. Kidney beans are our go-to for Chili. These beans are perfect for Chili because they can hold up under heat. They are also a hearty and can take well to spices, again making them a great match for Chili.

I hope you enjoy David’s version of this classic, cheers 🍻

Chili

This comfort food classic is made easy with my chili season blend!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • EVOO, for cooking the ground beef
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 8 white button mushrooms (optional), chopped (this is one of Dave's special ingredients πŸ˜‰)
  • 12 oz crushed tomato sauce
  • 1 small can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained
  • 3 TBS Chili Seasoning Blend, see the link in the notes for the spices included
  • Splash fish sauce
  • Salt & pepper, for seasoning

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot begin by warming some EVOO on medium heat.
  • Once the oil is warm, add the onions and cook until translucent.
  • Once the onion becomes translucent, add the ground beef and cook on low heat. Salt & pepper, as desired.
  • Once the ground beef is cooked, add the garlic and mushrooms and cook for a few minutes.
  • Drain the beef mixture to remove the extra grease and oil and return the mixture to the pot.
  • Now add the tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes and kidney beans and cook on medium heat for a few minutes.
  • Once the tomatoes begin to bubble, add your spice blend.
  • Cover your pot and simmer the chili on low heat for 45 minutes – 1 hour.
  • Midway through the cooking, remove the lip from your pot. At this point, taste the Chili and season as needed. A splash of fish sauce will help enhance the flavors within your pot.
  • Serve warm and top as desired, cheers 🍻

Notes

  • Check out my Chili Seasoning Blend Post for the spices needed.
  • Chili topping ideas include:
    • Cheese – Adds creaminess and can cool the heat
    • Sour cream – Add sour notes and again, cool the heat
    • Lime – Adds citrus brightness
    • Cilantro – Adds freshness
    • Jalapeno peppers – Adds an extra punch of heat
    • Corn chips – Add crunch and salt
Keyword Beef Chili, Chili

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