•This is a quick making mild chili that is a great go to recipe on a busy weeknight. It’s made from basic pantry staples that you can always have on hand. Substitute any variety of canned beans that you like and add a jalapeno if you’re in a spicy mood. Serve with all the fixins and some cornbread or tortilla chips. If there is any leftover use it as a topping on a hot dog, hamburger or baked potato. Recipe can be easily doubled and served to a big crowd or frozen for another meal.
1 lbs ground sirloin or hamburger
1 15oz can black beans-drained and rinsed
1 15oz can red kidney beans-drained and rinsed
1 14.5oz can of peeled diced tomatoes undrained-no salt added
2 tbls tomato paste (see tip below)
1 tbls worcestershire sauce
1 tbls cayenne pepper sauce-I use Frank’s
2 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbls brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tbls vegetable or canola oil
1/2 cup water
1 onion-large dice
1 red pepper-large dice
1 green pepper-large dice
2 cloves garlic-minced
prep and cooking time 30 minutes (see game plan)
fixin ideas-shredded cheese, minced onion, sliced olives, sour cream, avocado, chopped tomatoes, minced jalapeno, cilantro and lime
Heat a large pan or skillet to medium high heat. Add the oil , ground sirloin, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook until the meat is brown and has a nice crust on the outside-7 min. If you are using ground hamburger instead of sirloin you might have to drain off a little of the fat after browned.
Add the red and green peppers, onion, and garlic and cook until softened-5 min.
Stir in tomato paste, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and brown sugar let cook-1 min.
Pour in the can of undrained tomatoes, water, cayenne pepper sauce and worcestershire. Make sure to scrape the bottom of the pan getting all of the goodies stuck on the bottom of the pan -this is where all the flavor is (this method is called deglazing-lesson for the day) and bring to a bubble-2 min.
Add in your drained and rinsed beans and give a good stir. Reduce to medium low heat, cover and let cook-15 min. Serve in bowls topped with whatever you like along with some cornbread or tortilla chips♥Enjoy
•Game plan-while the meat is browning chop the peppers, onion and garlic. While the peppers and onions are doing their thing open all cans and drain and rinse the beans. While the chili is cooking the last 15 min get all of the fixins done.
•Didn’t use all of the tomato paste? Spray a clean ice cube tray with some pan spray and fill compartments with 1 tbls portions of paste. Freeze completely, pop out and store in zip top bags in the freezer for another time.