Easy Recipes – Chili
Posted at 10:23 PM on Jan 13, 2014 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
What is better in the winter than a good easy recipe for chili? From super bowl parties to chili cook-offs… chili is woven into the fabric of American winter culture. And for good reason; it’s AWESOME and there are so many variations.
And if you’ve been searching for a good “standard” type chili that everyone will like, look no further! This is it. And it’s EASY! My mom cut this recipe out of a newspaper in the early 90’s, and it’s been our ‘family chili’ recipe ever since. There might be a few ingredients you are not used to seeing in chili, like cinnamon and chocolate chips (a Cincinnati chili influence), but trust me – they work!
- 2 lbs. hamburger (or turkey)
- 1 can of red kidney beans, rinsed (15 oz)
- 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
- 1 can of water (28 oz)
- 1 large onion, minced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
- 2 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional - depends on how spicy you want it)
- 1½ Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbsp chocolate chips
- Over medium heat, cook ground meat in a large pan with the minced onion until browned. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
- Drain the meat.
- In a large sauce pan or stock pot over medium heat, add meat (with the onions and garlic) and mix with all other remaining ingredients except the kidney beans.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until you've reached the desired thickness (or if using a slow cooker, cook on high for 4 hours).
- Add kidney beans and simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
- Top with shredded cheese & sour cream and serve with a side of cornbread.
I have so many other great recipes, so make sure that you check them out here.