Chili makes a wonderful meal in the cold weather seasons and this is a great recipe a friend shared with me. This chili is spicy, but not too spicy…just spicy enough to have a little kick! I switched it up just a little by adding some different seasonings and a few other ingredients. That’s one nice thing about chili—it’s so easy to change it up and make it just the way you like it!
The seasonings give this chili a rich flavor, especially the chili powder, and the hint of cumin is a nice touch. If you want to make this a veggie chili, substitute veggie crumbles or add an extra 15-ounce can of beans in place of the meat.
This is a very thick chili. If you want to thin it out, add a little beef broth, no more than 1/3 cup to begin with. Then you can add more if you need to. I actually like it the way it is—thick and chunky. Serve it in a bowl topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and green onion…or serve it over rice with the same toppings.
Yummy Good Chili
YUMMY GOOD CHILI adapted from a friend’s recipe
Makes about 6 cups
- 2 to 3 Tablespoons chili powder, to taste (2 1/2 is just about right for me!)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 1 large bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange), chopped
- 2 to 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 (15-ounce) can diced or crushed tomatoes
- 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons packed brown sugar (or substitute honey or maple syrup)
- Optional: 1/3 to 1 cup beef broth, if you want to thin out the chili
- Optional: garnish with Cheddar cheese, sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt), and sliced green onion or cilantro
- Optional: white rice, if you want to serve the chili over rice
In a small bowl, blend the first 6 ingredients together (the dry spices and seasonings); set aside.
In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, bell pepper, and minced garlic, and cook until the onion starts to get translucent and veggies start to get slightly soft. Add in the mixture of spices and seasonings, and cook an additional 10 to 12 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add in the ground beef and and cook until beef is fully done. Then add in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, red kidney beans, salt, and brown sugar. Continue to heat this mixture to a boil, then lower the heat, cover, and simmer for an hour. The chili will get very thick, so if you want to thin it out, add about 1/3 cup of beef broth. Add more if you need to, to get desired consistency.
Serve chili in bowls or over rice, topped with shredded sharp Cheddar cheese. Sprinkle with green onions and top with sour cream.
Recipe from NancyC | nancy-c.com
This chili is a perfect meal when the weather is cold! Or if you’re having a game day get-together! Are you a fan of chili and do you have a favorite recipe?