In colder weather, we still have some things we need to do outdoors. Some activities more fun than others. From shoveling snow to picking out a Christmas Tree to taking the dog for a walk; whatever takes you out into the cold, something hot to eat warms the mood as well as the bones. It helps if the meal is an easy “do ahead” that you can have ready as soon as you walk back in the door. Chili is also versatile and easily adaptable to individual tastes. You can add green chilis, crushed red pepper, various toppings, serve it over macaroni or rice. The possibilities are practically endless! So, relax…and throw together some chili! Enjoy!
Relax …and Throw Together Some Chili
1-1/2 to 2 lbs Ground Beef
2 T Chili Powder
1 T Ground Cumin
1 T Garlic Powder
¼ t Cayenne Powder
1 T Corn Masa (optional)*
1 medium Onion, diced
½ bottle Beer (Whatever can we do with the other half?)
1 can Tomato Sauce
1 can Diced Tomatoes, fire roasted if you have them
2 cans Black Beans, do not drain (or Kidney beans)
Optional: 1 lb macaroni, cooked
Garnishes: Sour Cream, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Saltine Crackers, Raw Diced Onions and/or Tomatoes, Cilantro, Sliced Pickled or Fresh Jalapenos, Hot Sauce….be creative! (I like Parmesan Cheese…I Know…I’m strange that way.)
In a large saucepan, over high heat, brown the ground beef.
Drain most of the fat and reduce heat to medium, add the diced onion and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring frequently. Mix in the spices (and Masa, if using) and continue stirring over heat until the spices are fragrant, about a minute or two.
Deglaze the pan with the beer.
Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and black beans. Stir to combine.
Simmer for twenty minutes and serve hot. Alternately, you could transfer to a crock pot set on “LOW” and serve at your convenience. Enjoy!
*Masa is a corn-meal like product found in Mexican food sections of the grocery store. It will impart a little tortilla-like flavor. You don’t have to use it or you can substitute corn meal.