Happy New Year! Real winter has yet to start here in our part of Virginia, the Northern Shenandoah Valley. We have had snow and ice already, but typically we get blasted in January and February. Which makes this recipe a winner all the time.
It is easy to put together, and by the time your family storms through the door at the end of another busy day, they will be asking when will it be time to eat. Perhaps they are running in only to run back out, then you may catch them eating straight from the crock-pot!
In your frying pan:
Heat: 2T oil of your choice (olive, safflower, sunflower, avocado).
Add : 2 cups chopped onion, and 3-4 cloves garlic, crushed
Add: 2 lbs ground beef (Our homegrown beef of course!). Brown beef with onion and garlic well, drain off fat (will not be much with our beef. :))
If the beef is still a bit frozen, place a piece of aluminum foil over pan to help cook meat faster. Set pan on edge of burner to help drain fat.
Rinse and drain: 4 1-pound cans of red kidney beans. Place in crock pot.
Add: 2 28-ounce can tomatoes, 1/2 cup beef stock (I use Better Than Beef bouillon)
The goodies that make it yummy: Remember: T=tablespoon,t=teaspoon
4 T chili powder
1.5 t salt
1.5 t paprika
1.5 t oregano
1.5 t ground cumin
1/2 t cayenne pepper (or a bit more if you are daring)
Add beef mixture, mix well. All ready! Cook on LOW 8-10 hours, or high 5 hours, or on automatic 6 hours.
This chili will take the most wonderful additions. Try any or all of the following:
Shredded cheese; sour cream, greek yogurt, jalapenos, tortilla chips or fritos. Let me know if there is something special you put on yours!
I always season beef when browning. Use your favorite brand.
An excellent way to get iron in one’s diet is cooking with a cast iron skillet. Remember, they are heavy. I would recommend an 8″ skillet. The weight and size are great!
If you noticed in the photo of beans, there was a can of black beans. That is because I did not have enough kidney beans. They worked very well!
Do not be intimidated by recipes. By trying something different you may just discover something wonderful!
Homemade is always best