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Chili: A Favorite For All Occasions

A bowl of fresh hot chili with crackers

As the weather starts getting chilly, I want Chili! I love to make it because it is easy and so tasty. It is a favorite in our household and a favorite to share. You can make a huge pot with not a lot of effort. The best part of chili is all of the different variations. Peppers, no peppers. Green, red, orange, yellow or all four? Onions? Noodles? Turkey? Chicken? Beef? It is all to your liking.

Each time I make chili it is a little different based on the time of year, our current taste favorites, or what I have available at home. I love how warm and cozy it makes my home feel. Not to mention how yummy it smells when it starts cooking. Pair it with your favorite sandwich for a meal with a little more. My family likes to pair our chili with a peanut butter sandwich. You guessed it, do the same thing with your sandwich as with your chili. Use favorite ingredients you have at home or whatever you feel like for that day. This can be a good way to let your family customize their meal for a fun treat.

I hope you enjoy this chili recipe and it helps you warm up on these cold days coming up. What are your favorite ingredients to put into chili? Let us know in the comments below!

Chili
It can be eaten right away or you can let it simmer for a while. Sometimes I make the chili the night before, allowing it to cool off and put in the refrigerator. The next day when I am ready for it, I will put it back on the stove to warm up!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. meat such as ground beef, ground turkey, or ground chicken
  2. 1 can mccormicks mild chili beans
  3. 1 can diced tomatoes (petite or regular. Regular makes for a more chunky chili)
  4. 1 pepper chopped (any color or mix colors, each one adds different flavors to the chili)
  5. 1/2 sweet onion chopped
  6. 1 can of water (1/2 from beans can, 1/2 tomatoes can)
  7. Tablespoon of sugar
  8. A few squirts of ketchup
  9. 1 packet mild chili seasoning
  10. We are not fans of noodles so we don’t include those but you can add them in if you like!
Instructions
  1. Cook ground meat in large pot.
  2. While the meat is cooking, I usually cut the onion and pepper if I have not done so already.
  3. Depending on your meat choice, when the meat is done cooking, drain grease if there is a lot in your pot.
  4. Put onto a low heat, add peppers and onions to your meat, stirring frequently to get all of the flavors mixed together. I do this for about 5-10 minutes before adding other things to the mix.
  5. Next, stir in your seasoning packet.
  6. Stir all together.
  7. Reduce heat down to a low medium as you add in other ingredients.
  8. Add in beans.
  9. When finished adding in beans, fill this can about 1/2 way with water and add.
  10. Add in tomatoes, doing the same thing with water as with the beans.
  11. Mix all together and stir well.
  12. Finally, add in the sugar and ketchup. This step can be left out if you do not want added sugar. It just adds some flavor. Add more ketchup or sugar to your liking. It does not take much to spice up the flavor.
  13. Stir everything together well then bump the heat to medium.
  14. Let the chili boil for a while, stirring frequently so it does not burn the bottom of your pan. When satisfied it has boiled long enough, continue reducing heat until boil is gone and chili remains warm for eating. Frequently stirring to prevent burning. (Yes, I add this in a few times because I have ruined many a pot of chili from forgetting this step.)
Notes
  1. *General rule: I usually make 2 lbs of meat so everything else just gets doubled. This makes a full pot of chili that we eat for a few meals or share with others. It tastes best warmed up as leftovers!
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