Tuesday, December 4, 2007

My Chili Recipe (?)

OK, this is not really a recipe. Frankly, I hate being constrained by a recipe, having to have on hand the exact called-for ingredients, measuring, following directions.....(I'm really, really bad at following directions).

So we'll just call this my Chili Suggestions, OK?

Saute 1 chopped onion and 2 or 3 cloves of garlic in some olive oil in a large soup pot. When translucent, add 1 - 1 1/2 lbs of ground turkey, chicken, beef, pork, or cubed chicken breast, or any combination of those. Brown, drain if necessary.

Add 2 29 oz cans of tomatoes- tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, whole tomatoes (broken up with a spoon) - whatever you have on hand. Add 2 -3 cans (15 oz each) of rinsed and drained beans- I usually use 2 or 3 different kinds, like kidney, cannelini, pinto, black. If desired, add a drained can of corn, or a cup of frozen corn kernals. Add 3 T. chili powder, 1/2 T. cumin, 1/2 T. cinnamon (yes, I'm serious), a dash or 2 of cayenne, 1 T. sugar, and few drops of hot sauce. This is a medium heat chili, you can use more or less spices to taste. Salt and pepper to taste.

Lower heat and simmer uncovered for as long as possible, at least an hour. Usually, I try to let this simmer at least 2-3 hours. Serve over rice or spaghetti (Cincinatti style) with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream.


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