Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Chili con carne

As the temperature starts to drop (didn't summer just start?), we don't feel like going out as much, usually because it means layering up, etc.

A good hearty meal for one of those nights you might feel like laying in your bed or sitting on the couch with a good movie or book, and a blanket or two wrapped around you, is chili con carne (translated as peppers with meat).

My chili is a tasty combination of ground beef, onions, cooked kidney beans (canned is fine, but I prefer to cook mine), onions, tomatoes (crushed or chopped), chili powder, and salt, pepper, herbs and garlic to taste.

Slow cooked on the stove for 1 to 1 1/2hours, chili is a one pot delight that tastes great topped with grated cheddar cheese, fresh chopped onions, crackers, or chopped green peppers like I do.

*I like mine thick, so I add a little or no water. Feel free to adjust to your taste.
*Ground turkey is a perfect substitute for the healthier eater.
*Want to kick things up a bit? Use a mixture of ground beef and sausage.

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