I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Chili

Most of my family loves chili. Make some bread bowls to go with it and wala, perfection! This is a mild chili, but it's easy to to spice it up if you want.



CHILI (serves 8)

Ingredients:
*1 1/2 pounds ground beef
*1 (46 fluid ounce) can tomato juice
*1 quart stewed tomatoes
*1 (29 once) tomato sauce
*1 large onion, chopped
*1 large green bell pepper, chopped
*2 garlic cloves, minced
*3 tablespoon chili powder
*2 teaspoons cumin (gluten free if needed)
*1 1/2 teaspoon salt
*1 teaspoon ground black pepper
*1 teaspoon dried oregano
*1/2 teaspoon white sugar
*2 cups red beans, drained and rinsed

Directions:
~In a large skillet, add ground beef, onion, green pepper, and garlic.
~Cook until ground beef is brown and no pink.
~Drain, break apart any large chunks of beef.
~Add all ingredients into a large kettle or slow cooker.
~If cooking it in a kettle, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
~If cooking it in a slow cooker, cook on high for 4 to 5 hours, low 7-8 hours.

Variation:
`Add 1/8-1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper to make it spicier.
`Add chopped jalapeno peppers when you add tomato base ingredients, to make it spicier.
`Substitute ground beef for ground turkey.
`Substitute ground beef for ground venison.
`Substitute ground beef for ground buffalo.

Vegetarian Version:
`Substitute ground beef for Bocca Crumbles
`Substitute ground beef for zucchini or squash

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