We haven't had chili in a very long time. That's why I decided to prepare a really big pot (the picture shows an 8-quart pot full of chili!) this time and freeze the leftovers. It's always great to have some steaming hot chili (even if from the microwave) on those freezing winter days. I adapted the recipe from my own Chili con Carne recipe and it turned out better than before. I know that everyone has their own favorite (family) chili recipe - I think this one will become ours. I like to have some extra veggies in my chili (which makes it lighter) but it should still be dominated by the taste of meat and beans. It should not be too liquid or too dense. In addition, the extra colors make it look fresh and the bell pepper should still have some crunch left for extra texture.
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4 tbsp olive oil
1.5 kg ground beef
3 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
6 garlic cloves (minced) or 2 tsp garlic powder
2 medium onion, chopped
9 tbsp chili powder*
3 cans (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
5 cans (8 oz) tomato sauce
2 cans (15 oz) kidney beans, drained & rinsed
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained & rinsed
3 small cans corn kernels, drained
2 green bell peppers, cut into 1/2 inch squares
Heat the oil medium-high heat. Add beef, salt, and pepper. Cook for 4-5 minutes, breaking up the meat. Add the garlic, onion, and chili powder and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes, until thickened. Add the beans, corn, and bell pepper and simmer for 15 minutes. (Uncover for this step if the chili seems to fluid.) Adjust seasoning with salt, chili powder and cayenne pepper.
There are several options for serving the chili: Either you eat it just like it is (that's what I prefer) or maybe you have a slice of toast or a roll or you serve it with rice (HubbyGrouch's preference). Some might like the chili topped with sour cream and shredded cheese. Well, whichever way you choose, I hope you enjoy it!
*This is the "chili powder" that is sold in supermarkets. It is actually a seasoning mix made from "pure" chili powder, oregano, cumin, salt, and garlic.