Hi everyone, I am back. Sorry its been so long since I put up a new blog. Everyone has been sick and I haven't been cooking much because of that. So on to today's blog, chili. This is my very own recipe and I used to make this every morning when I worked in a deli. So let me share this recipe with you all and as always adjust it as you see fit.
The secret to making good chili is the layering of the flavors. For example if you don't season the beans or the meat it doesn't matter how you season anything else or how much it will still be bland and it will still taste as though it needs something. So here we go to making my mishmawsh chili!
1 large onion
1 pound of ground beef
1 half pound of dried beans or 2 cans of beans drained. I used black beans but use whatever you want
2 cans of seasoned diced tomatoes
3 jarred jalapenos, you can use fresh if you prefer, I was making this for my whole family including the kids and they dont like the heat from the fresh ones.
4 teaspoons of taco seasoning
2 teaspoons of garlic and onion powders
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of chili powder
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
and a Crock pot
Grab your crock pot and make sure its not plugged in yet and throw in your beans and 1 can of tomatoes, next add 2 teaspoons of taco seasoning, salt and pepper, 1 teaspoon of onion and garlic powder and mix all together.
Next grab a large skillet and throw in the extra virgin olive oil, heat it just to warm and throw in your onion diced, I like a fine dice and your ground beef. I used 95 percent lean but you can use what you like. You could even use ground chicken or turkey. Next add your jalapenos diced. When the ground beef is almost cooked through add your tomatoes and the rest of your seasonings and let the flavors melt together. Now its time to add the meat mixture to the beans in your crock pot. Stir together and add two cups of water seasoned with salt and pepper and taco seasoning and chili powder. Yes I even season the water. Cook on high for about 3 hours or cook on low for about 6-8 hours. Serve it up with a sprinkling of cheese or green onions. I made a cheddar corn bread to go with this but you can serve it up with whatever you like. I hope you enjoy and I hope you all take the time to live, laugh and love.
Did you know if you cook with lean cuts of ground beef you dont have to drain the fat, because there is no fat to drain. So that way you dont lose any of the flavor either. Have a wonderful day everyone!