Sunday, October 19, 2008

It's Chili Time!

Temperatures are finally dropping here in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Leaves are turning gold and red, and the sky today is that crisp Carolina blue that we're so famous for. It must be fall!

And if it's fall, it's definitely time for chili. Here's my take on the classic cold-weather dish that I put together this afternoon.

Here's what you'll need:

2 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion
3 tablespoons chili powder
3 cans red kidney beans
1 small can tomato paste
1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
1 8-oz. can tomato sauce

Brown ground beef and onion in stock pot, stirring while cooking to crumble. Drain well. Add chili powder, mixing well, and a little seasoning salt if you'd like. Add tomato paste and tomato sauce, mixing well. Cook 20 minutes on medium heat.

Add beans, mixing well, cover, and cook another 20 minutes on low heat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Makes about 1 to 1-1/2 gallons of chili.

And if you're short one can of red kidney beans like I was this afternoon, substitute a can of white kidney beans (cannellini) for an unexpected light and dark bean mixture sure to intrigue the kids in your house.

Bon appetit!

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  1. oooh...that looks like some good chili!

  2. It was air condition on Friday, Last night I turned on a space heater!
    We are having Chili today to! I made a big pot at lunch (the big pot on the stove means don't even think about asking whats for supper!)Beth

  3. Hey Pam! I made chilli today too! It was a fabulous day for it, quite cool here in K-ville. Fall has definately arrived!


  4. My recipe is similiar but I also use cumin, oregano and thicken it with masa flour - I was told they are necessar for the real thing when we were in Texas! LOL So glad you are getting some of the cooler air now. Enjoy!

  5. Pam,
    Yep it has turned cooler here in the upstate of SC. And I just told my DH the other day that he needed to fix a big batch of his chili so we can freeze it. Thanks for sharing your recipe. have a blessed day!

  6. We had chilli yesterday (Sunday) but I was disappointed in it, Stush made it and I like my own recipe better.:0

  7. Pam! I went by your shop on the way to the beach this past weekend!! It was too early though on Friday when we went down, and then it was too late on Sunday when we came home:( But now that I know where you are, I'm coming soon...some time during November probably when you're all decorated for Christmas. I'm so excited though...I'll let you know when my hubby, Noah, and I will be coming. I can't wait:) <3Lauren


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