Saturday, January 15, 2011

MamaJo's Chili

We love this chili... delicious, and fairly easy to make:
  • Sautee 1-2 lg. onions in vegetable oil.
  • Then add & brown 1 lb. ground beef
  • Add:
    1 minced garlic (not one clove, one garlic)
    1 Tbsp. chili powder
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp cumin
    1 tsp oregano
    1 Tbsp cocoa
    1/2 tsp red pepper sauce (I never have this, so I add a good few dashes of red pepper flakes)
    16 oz. diced tomatoes (I just eyeball this, and dice up 4-8 good-sized tomatoes)
    *** I also add in about 1/2 c. tomato paste & 1-2 cups of water, but this is optional, and not part of the original recipe.***
  • Bring to a boil, then let simmer one hour, stirring occasionally. Then add a 15 ounce can of kidney beans (don't drain it). Let simmer an additional 15-20 minutes, then serve.
Delicious by itself, with crackers, over hot dogs, over Fritos, or any other way you can dream up. Everyone but my dainty daughter loves this chili... and we can forgive her; her tastebuds aren't fully developed. :)

[UPDATE- as of 10/19/2012, even Maranatha loves this chili.  She called it "soup" but we can forgive her that too.  :) ]


jeanie said...

Tell me about the cocoa in this recipe. Is it for color or flavor or both? I hope to try this soon!

Jess Connell said...

Jeanie, it adds both. Kelly called it the secret ingredient for this one. We LOVE this chili. :) Give it a try!!