Thursday, October 20, 2011

Chilly? Make Chili!



Miz Helen is sponsoring a chili cook off for the month of October.  To see all the delicious chili entries, click here.


This recipe makes four servings (about a cup each) so feel free to double or triple.  It is pretty straightforward, and over the years I have added different flavors, but I always return to the original recipe.  It is on the mild side, so if you are looking for three-alarm, feel free to add more heat.  


I start out by dicing a large onion, a green pepper and 2 cloves of garlic.




Brown together with one pound of 80% lean ground beef.  




I always add a splash (or two) of Worcestershire sauce any time I cook with ground beef (except my Italian meatballs).




Add 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and  a pinch of ground cayenne pepper.


When browned, I transfer to my little crock pot (I think it holds a quart and a half), with a 14.5 ounce can diced, fire-roasted tomatoes with garlic, undrained .




Then stir in a 15- or 16-ounce can of whatever beans you like or have in the pantry.  I used black beans.  Or leave them out!






Cover and cook on low three to four hours or high for two to three.  Check during the cooking to see if you need to add some liquid.  Usually it is not necessary, but if it seems a little dry, I would add a splash of beer or beef broth.  




I like to serve this with a side of rice or corn bread.  Toppings would include shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, sliced black olives, crushed corn chips, sour cream or whatever you like.  This is so good spooned over grilled franks in toasted buns.  Perfect after a day of apple picking, raking leaves, or trick or treating!  :)



I'll be bringing my chili over to Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday, 2805 for Potpourri Friday,  Stone Gable for On the Menu Monday,  and The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays. 


Also joining the Fall Virtual Crock Pot  Party here. 


xo

48 comments:

  1. Craving chili now with 'a splash of beer'!
    xo Cathy

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  2. Sounds great Barbara, always love the smaller recipes! Looks like we're in for some chili evenings this week-stay warm:@)

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  3. Sounds so delicious and easy. You made it so simple I've got to give it a try!
    Thanks,
    Patti

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  4. Now I know what has been missing in my chili-that splash of beer! I'm going to give it a try. I also would like the black beans much better than the kidney beans that some folks use! Wish I had a bowl of your chili right now!

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  5. Dearest Barbara,
    I always ADMIRE your interest for variety of food!!! Haha, I smiled with the title, not so "chilly" for me here yet(*^_^*)
    Enjoy your delectable looking chili♬♬♬
    Much LOVE to you, xoxo Orchid*

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  6. Hello Barbara:
    This is just our kind of easy supper dish. Your version looks absolutely delicious and, with a dash of our favourite Worcestershire sauce, what is not to like?

    Chili is very welcome now the days have turned decidedly wintry. Thank you for the timely reminder!!

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  7. I love a nice bowl of chili on a chilly day. I love that tgis can be made in the crock pot -- perect!

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  8. This would be just fine around here since the man who used to have an iron stomach can no longer enjoy five alarm chili. Plus, we need recipes that don't make enough for an army.

    And I never knew about using beer to add a little liquid! Learn something new every day, I guess!

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  9. How yummy -- I'm sitting here wrapped in a blanket at 8:30 in the morning thinking chili would be GREAT! What's the difference between Mexican oregano and regular? Cumin is one of my all-time favorites -- I sometimes will just open the jar and give it a sniff. LOL! I know, I'm odd! Thanks for sharing your recipe!! :)

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  10. Your chili looks yummy Barbara. It's one of my favorite things to eat in the fall. Mmmmm...:)

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  11. I love chili and sooner or later it will be cool enough to really enjoy making and eating chili!!!!!!! Thanks for the link!

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  12. Looks good, B!
    DH is the chili maker here. I hate beans so I pick them out! :)

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  13. This looks great Barbara! My sister has a chili recipe that calls for a can of beer :) I'm looking forward to chili weather~

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  14. Yum yum...I LOVE chili...I will sure try your recipe. I have a good one from a blogger but I am so embrrassed that I can't remember her, I'm not about to post HER recipe....:(

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  15. Oh yum, yum for sure! I have never used black beans in chili, but I have some so I need to try this! Thanks for stopping by:-)

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  16. Hello,

    This looks verry good Yum,yum...

    I try the recipe today.

    Thanks
    Jérôme

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  17. Have not made chili in years; love this recipe; perfect for 2 and another meal. i also have one of those small crckpot; I use all the time. Thanks.
    Rita

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  18. This looks great. I'd like it over a baked potato or corn bread. So sympathetic to your tooth issues. I do understand.

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  19. Hi Barbara! Oh, I do love chili and your recipe sounds so good and looks wonderful! I may have to try this. I usually cheat and make mine with a mix! I'm bad, I know!
    Thanks for popping in to see me and I'll be blogging again soon.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  20. Yum. Your chili looks so good and is perfect for cool weather. I hadn't thought of making it in a crock pot, but I will next time. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
    Happy Sunday.

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  21. I love chili ~ especially at this time of year. Your recipe sounds great!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  22. I love chili ~ especially at this time of year. Your recipe sounds great!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  23. alooks good! Around here, yes it would have to be tripled! Many thanks!

    Thanks for linking to Potpourri Friday. You participation is appreciated!

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  24. Yum looks so good especially with the corn bread . Love the dishes makes it even more festive..

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  25. Yum, I'm making chili for our lunch today! Thank you for sharing with us.Sending hugs your way and wishes for a beautiful day ahead xo

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  26. It's not quite cold enough here, but thanks to you I'll be ready when the cold winds blow. This sounds delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  27. Must be the season. I made chili this week for a very chilly night's dinner. Tried a new recipe with several different kinds of peppers. Good but had quite a kick!

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  28. I just made chili last week and made cornbread, of course. This sounds like a wonderful recipe, Barbara!

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  29. Now that's what I should have made for dinner! I love chili :) Sounds great with the cornbread and topped with cheese.
    Yum.

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  30. Oh baby...I like it hot!!! Ya know the kind that grows into a burst of spice and makes your nose run??? Makes me feel alive!!! Woohoo!

    God bless ya and have a wonderful week sweetie!!! :o)

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  31. Sounds good! I make some pretty good Texas chili, too! But I think my hubby's is even better! ♥

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  32. We get all kinds here at my house. My favorite is White Chili. The most healthy is Turkey Chili. Yum!

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  33. Mmmmm, now you have made me hungry. Think I may try the chili tonight.

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  34. Your Chili looks awesome! I am so excited that you entered in The Texas Star Chili Cook Off for 2011. Good Luck in the competition!
    Miz Helen

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  35. I've never thought about using my crock pot to make chili. I'm going to try it!

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  36. Hi lovely lady.
    OH This looks so Yummy!!! You know this Texas lady loves Chili!!!
    Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my new Halloween Tablescape. I hope you have a great week.
    XXOO Diane

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  37. Ooo...this is different than my chili and I love to make it in cold weather. Of course four cups would just be one meal of chili for my hubby, and he isn't very big! Chili just happens to be one of his favorites. I'll try this one, thanks!

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  38. Love your recipe...and I do love chili so much, best comfort food for Fall ever! ;D

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  39. Thanks Barbara for stopping by my fall tables! I need to take advantage of the nice weather before it's too late and do another one outside, but I just haven't had a chance. Take care:-)

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  40. Yum, your recipe looks delicious, Barbara. Putting everything into the crock pot is the way to do it on these busy fall days! There is no better meal for chilly fall days.

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  41. Thanks Barb for visiting my blog lately. I think thinks are closed up with the back/forth from that person.
    Check the blog and see the pics I will be posting of our new little home.

    Viola

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  42. I love chili! Fix it, forget it, eat it, eat leftovers!

    Yum!

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  43. Hi Barbara! Thanks for popping in to see my trip and I'll bet Venice hasn't changed much! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  44. Sounds good! Could really use some today. I was away (more on that to come!)so it's taken me some time to get to visit. Looking forward to having you be a part of this week's Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  45. Hi Barbara, thanks so much for sharing the recipe for that great chili. You are so right, now is the time, it's trying to snow here. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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