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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

sweet chili

This is a family recipe; it's a really yummy chili that has my most fave ingredient: sugar. And, again, this recipe is pretty just requires some time to simmer.

The great thing about this chili is it makes for a great next-day-lunch item. We like to eat it with cheese sprinkled on top and tortilla chips...not exactly the most healthy choice of toppings, but it's dang good. :) Enjoy!


2 lbs ground beef (I've used just one pound before, and it works just as well)
1/2 chopped onion
1 can diced tomatoes
2 sm. cans tomato sauce (or I sometimes use 3/4 of a reg. size can)
1 can kidney beans
2-3 Tbs chili powder
2 Tbs sugar (yum!)
1 med. can mild green chilies (or less if you're not a fan)
1 can chili beans
a touch of cumin and oregano


Brown beef with onion in large pot. Add rest of ingredients. Simmer for about an hour.

Serves: 5+ (or 2 and have the rest for left-overs!)
Time: 1 hour 20 min (or you can cheat, like me, and simmer for only 30 min.)

**TIP: If you have several recipes that call for onion...consider buying diced onions in the freezer section of your local grocer. Beats cutting that nasty stuff up yourself every time and trying to keep it fresh until your next use. (In fact, I do the same with green peppers, peas, carrots, and broccoli)


Ariel said...

I'm a cheater with the simmering too :) I'm way too impatient! This sounds yummy. Sugar makes everything better {especially spaghetti sauce}.

Gina said...

Now if we can just get Sean to eat it. :)

Bags said...

gina, you may very well think I am rediculous for this but, if there is anyone out there who cares....there is something by morningstar called beef crumbles (or veggie crumbles). They are sooo good as a meat substitute (and they contain more protein/less fat that regular ground beef) that I use in my veggie chili. It is soooo good that my boyfriend (who hates anything vegetarian) actually prefers it to real meat in his chili (and in his tacos). He even buys it and makes it when I am not around. That is how good it is. Just a good substitute for any veggo-blogger friends :)

Gina said...

sweet. sounds good...and easy. I like the healthy part. :)

Ariel said...

i made this yesterday and it turned out great! sean even ate it!