Monday, September 26, 2011

Beef Chuck Chili

I've already expressed my complete obsession with the Autumn season! One of the many reasons I love this time of year so much is suorisingly enough, Football! I don't know if it's because I grew up with two older brothers, or because I like any excuse to lounge in front of the tv and eat comfort foods! Chili is the ultimate comfort food, and it is completely synonymous with football. Think about it, how often outside of football season do you eat chili? Most likely, not that often. So you better be sure you are enjoying it, especially if you are only eating it a handful of times a year!

**Good chili is pretty easy to make. A good chili recipe; not quite as easy to relay. Good chili is all about personal taste... I am going to try to provide a base, but how thick or how spicy you make it is up to you! This is definitely a "taste as you go" recipe, as I personally have never followed a recipe when making chili. With that said, know that any measurements I provide are just a starting point and more than likely you will need to increase most of the spices**


6 slices bacon, cut in small pieces
1 pound chuck roast, cut into small pieces
1 large white onion, diced
1/2 a red pepper, diced
1/2 a yellow pepper, diced
16 oz can of tomato sauce
8 oz can of diced tomatoes
4 oz water
3 tbls chili powder
2 tbls cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dried oregano
8 oz can of chili beans, medium spice

sour cream
shredded cheddar
green onions

In a 4-5 quart pot, cook bacon over medium-high heat until it begins to crisp. Add chuck and brown. Add onions and peppers and cook until they soften and turn golden. Addtomato sauce diced tomatoes, and water. Stir in chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, paprika and oregano. Taste and add more chili powder, cumin or garlic powder as needed. Bring to boil, then turn down to a simmer. Simmer for about 30 minutes then add chili beans, continue simmering for an additional hour.

Serve with a spoonful of sour cream, cheddar cheese, and chopped green onions

Sit yourself in front of the tv and/or fireplace and enjoy!

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