Saturday, September 8, 2012

What's for Dinner : Chili

Fall is coming, and it is the prefect time of year to have all that yummy fall food. Something I have recently acquired a taste for is Chili, but only if it is made a certain way. I love to eat my mom's chili, but don't really like it when I'm at a restaurant. I don't know what it is, I'm just a picky eater today. With the weather cooling off, Jeff and I decided to make our own homemade Chili today. We basically experimented, but it was really fun. We cranked up the music and began the chili making process.

For seasonings we used the following:
2  1/2 tsp Garlic Powder                    1 1/2tsp  Paprika
2 Tbsp Chili Powder                          1  tsp Black Pepper
1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper               1/4 tsp Chives
1/4 tsp Steak Seasoning

For the meats we used:
1 lb of Ground beef               1.25 lbs of Ground Turkey

For the veggies we used:
1/2 of a  fresh red pepper              1/2 of a fresh yellow pepper
1/2 of an fresh orange pepper        1/2 of a medium red onion
1/2 of a large  fresh white onion       1 can of black beans

For the Sauce we used:
2 cans (15 oz) tomato Sauce
1 Can (15 oz) Stewed tomatoes (with the water they were in)
3/4 Cup of water
1 can (12 oz) of Tomato paste
a little less than 1/8 of a cup of Whiskey
1/2 Tbsp of Jalapeno juice

For serving:
Cheddar Cheese                                 Oyster Crackers

The Process:

1. We cut up all the fresh veggies and set aside
2. We  mixed the meat together. We had the oven burner on Medium heat and browned the meat  until it was almost all browned. Then we added in the red onion and the white onion. We sauteed all of them together. After the meat was browned we drained the fat and set aside.

3. We put the liquids  in the crock pot and turned the crock pot on low. We mixed all the liquids together and then threw in the seasons. We then threw in the peppers, meat and onions and the black beans. We mixed  everything all together. We cooked it on low for 4 to 4 and a half  hours stirring occasionally.

We topped our Chili with some fresh Shredded cheddar cheese and some crushed up saltine crackers. Jeff also topped his with  some extra cut up onion.

How did it taste?
During the cooking process, while stirring, there were times where I would take little taste test. It tasted pretty good. Jeff say it tastes what Chili should be.  It is a mild chili- not too spicy so if you want spicy, I would say you can add more spices to it. Jeff loves spicy Chili, but I don't so he added more chili powder to his.

So if you want a fun Chili Recipe, here you go!


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