Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Game Day Chili

Football season is upon us and I'm starting to feel like cooking for fall, even though the temperature outside is still hanging out in the upper 80's this week. Once fall hits I like to make lots of soups and chili's. I love the convenience of dumping stuff in my crock pot in the morning and coming home to a hot dish of whatever after work. This is good the first day but superb on the second day so I try to cook it on a day that I'm home and able to fix something else for dinner so that I can eat this the next day. Serve it with warm bread or cornbread and some Fritos. 

You can mix up the bean to meat ratio to fit your family and I usually just use whatever I can dig out of the pantry. Don't feel locked into the chili beans if that isn't what you normally buy, it's fairly spicy even without the seasoned beans.  The ingredient list is kind of lengthy but everything is probably something that you already have in your kitchen. Don't be scared...it's worth it! I promise. :)

Game Day Chili
Serves 12

2 lbs lean ground beef
1 lb Italian sausage
3 cans chili beans; drained
1 can spicy chili beans
2 28 oz cans diced tomatoes with juice
1/3 c. ketchup
1 large yellow onion; chopped
3 stalks celery; chopped
1 green bell pepper; chopped
1 red bell pepper; chopped
2 jalapeno peppers; chopped (seed them if you don't want the heat)
1 T. bacon bits
4 t. beef bouillon
1/2 c. water
1/4 c. chili powder
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. minced garlic
1 T. dried oregano
2 t. cumin
2 t. Tabasco
1 t. dried basil
1 t. salt
1 t. group black pepper
1 t. cayenne pepper
1 t. sugar

1. Brown meat in a large skillet and drain off fat.
2. Mix all ingredients in a large (6 qt) crock pot.
3. Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 12 hours. (If you are around to stir you can do so but you don't need to watch it like carefully. Walk away people and enjoy your day. Or work. Bleh.)
4. To serve ladle into bowls and top with grated cheese and sour cream. Serve chips on the side.

Entered in The Texas Star Chili Cook Off 2011 Check it out!!


Miz Helen said...

Your Game Day Chili looks very good. I would like to invite you to enter your recipe in The Texas Star Chili Cook Off that is now underway. Hope to see you there. Thanks for sharing!
Miz Helen

Miz Helen said...

I sure am glad you brought this great Chili over to share with us. I am so excited that you entered it in The Texas Star Chili Cook Off 2011. Thank you so much for your entry and good luck with the Cook Off!
Miz Helen

Anita Stafford said...

This chili recipe sounds very good!