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Friday, February 19, 2010

# beef # chili

Mom's Chili

Nothing warms and fills you up on a cold Winter's day better then a bowl of homemade chili. It's a dish I grew up eating often when I was a child, and one I continue to make often now. Especially during the cold weather months. This simple and easy chili was my mom's recipe, and I continue to make it the same way today, with just a few minor tweaks. I've tried other chili recipes before, but none of them ever matched up to my mom's.

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There are as many different ways of making chili, as there are cooks who make it. Some people can be down right passionate about it! But food is a personal preference, and not everyone will like something the same way I or someone else does. This is the recipe I was raised on, and to me is the best. It cant be beat as one of the easiest and most frugal chili's around.


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My family likes our chili mild, but you can certainly spice it up if you'd like. Add extra chili powder, cayenne pepper, chopped jalapeno peppers, whatever you like. I usually serve it with saltine crackers, but it's equally good with a warm slice of Buttermilk Cornbread. This is comfort food at it's best.

This chili is even better the next day after the flavors have a chance to blend together!

Mom's Chili


Ingredients

1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, drained
1 can (16 ounces) tomato sauce
3 - 4 cups beef broth {Depending on how thick you like your chili}
1 clove minced garlic
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
8 ounces elbow macaroni {Optional-increase beef broth to 5 cups if you add macaroni to turn this into Chili Mac}

Directions

In a large skillet, brown onion with ground beef. Drain.
Add browned beef to a large sauce pan, along with kidney beans, tomato sauce, beef broth, garlic, chili powder, cumin and salt.
Bring to a boil and add macaroni if using. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes.
Taste for seasonings and serve with your choice of toppings.

4 comments:

  1. Hi April,I can remember eating a similar Chili when I was a young woman at my friends house, I always just loved it. Your Chili looks very good and would sure bring back those memories for me. I am so excited that you entered it in The Texas Star Chili Cook Off 2011. Thank you so much for your entry and good luck with the Cook Off!Miz Helen

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  2. Hi April! I saw your Chili Mac visiting Miz Helen's. I just love old recipes and traditions, and anything that includes macaroni..I'm on it!@ Now following and have a great week! Stop by Comfy Cuisine if you get a chance! xo

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  3. This chili looks good. I'd like a bowl of this. Yum!

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  4. Sounds like good memories and good chili!

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