September 05, 2009

Below 100, Finally!

When the weather drops below 100 degrees it's time for comfort food. Thanks to some wonderful thunderstorms in the area, we cooled off... and got down right Chilli!

Simply Arizona Chilli Recipe
Olive Oil
1 Large Sweet Onion
3 Pounds of Ground Beef
Salt & PepperGarlic
Red Beans (2)
Kidney Beans (3)
Crushed Tomatoes (2 - 24oz cans)
Tomato Sauce (2 - 16oz cans, plus 1 - 8oz can)
Tomato Paste (1 - 16oz can)
Ground Cumin (1TBSP)
Chili Powder (2 TSP)
Cayenne Pepper (1/2 TSP)
First thing's first... start with a big pot! You've got a lot of stuff to put in it - make it big!
In that pot add some olive oil, 1 large Sweet Onion chopped to perfection, and garlic (to your liking). Let it saute until the onions are about translucent.
Once your onions are done, add your 2-3 pounds of ground beef. I used just about 3 pounds (and am already dreaming of leftovers). Add salt and pepper. Brown the beef.
Once the ground beef is browned... and seasoned to taste, it's time to start adding the red stuff. First, add all of your tomato products (see recipe above). Well, only use half of the can of paste... you will want to use the remaining portion later, if the Chilli isn't as thick as you like it. But, add everything else. Give it a good stir.
Then add the beans! I use Red and Kidney!! And store brand is perfect - cost less, tastes great!
Let this sit on your stove on LOW for about 1 hour. Don't forget to stir occasionally.
Alright... after an hour, it's time to add the spices!! Again, store brand works wonderfully.
The amounts I used of each spice are listed above, but remember - when making YOUR Chilli, make it to YOUR taste! :)
Let the Chilli sit on LOW again for about 30 minutes.
This is a great time to start the corn bread (and bake a cake!).

Chilli is done, corn bread is plated, and cheese and sour cream are ready!! Maybe it doesn't look that good - but it tasted just heavenly. I love cake! :D

P.S. I know I spell "chilli" with two L's... it's just habit! :D
All in all, it was a wonderful dinner (and dessert)... We had a fantastic Saturday night!

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