Sunday, May 20, 2012


Did you know Chili is an American dish?  Lots of people think of it as a Mexican because of the beans and use of Chili powder but it is actually from Texas.  Best part of this dish is that it is easy, fast and delicious.  Unless of course if you are making it in a crockpot.  Today, we were painting our kitchen when my daughter's university friends showed up unexpectedly.  I quickly made chili and served with garlic bread.  I added watermelon, some chicken wings and french fries from frozen.  For the vegetarian friend, we added a mixed salad and spanich and feta pastries from the day before.  We had dinner in a jiffy.

Seasoning Mix
4 tablespoons chili powder
2.5 teaspoons ground coriander
2.5 teaspoons ground cumin
1.5 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Other ingredients
2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 kg. lean ground beef
1 onion
1 (800 ml) can diced tomatoes
1 (450 ml) can tomato sauce
2 (450 ml) cans kidney beans
Grated cheese
  • Mix together seasoning mix.  This mix will give you more seasoning than you will need for this recipe but you can store it in a container for convinence for next time.
  • Put 2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet and cook ground beef until no longer pink.
  • Drain.
  • Chop onion
  • Drain and rinse the beans
  • Pure 1 can of beans
  • In a big pot add all the beans, ground beef, onions, tomatoes and tomato sauce, 5 teaspoons of the seasoning, salt
  • Cook until it thickens to your liking in low or medium heat
  • If you are using a crockpot, cook on low for 6 to 8 hours
  • Serve with a hot sauce on the side for those who prefer it really spicy
  • Top with grated cheddar cheese. 

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