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Red Chili

 Red Chili also known as Chili Con Carne is something I've known about most of my adult life and was the second recipe I adapted to suit my prefered style of cooking which includes lots & lots of vegetables you would not consider putting in chili, like carrots.

The standard chili recipe includes a tomato sauce of some sort (I use canned spaghetti sauce), ground beef, onions, celery, peppers & kidney beans( again I use canned). You stick it in a pot on medium if you want it fast or on low if you want it good. I only add two spices one, of course, is Chili powder the other is an Italian herb mix that I picked up at the grocery store. Add these to taste. ( I usually end up using a quarter cup of chilli powder and a couple of tablespoons of the Italian mix but then I like my chili moderately spicy). For an added kick just before serving mix in a couple of teaspoons of Tabasco sauce.

I cook it for several hours on low for the tastes to mix and for the meat & vegetables to cook. Others like the recipe above brown their meat and saute their vegetables beforehand but that limits the richness of the taste for me.

This recipe from Betty Crocker is the absolute simplest recipe you will find I think, well sans the cocoa, that was a bit of a surprise to me because it is not something I would consider adding to it but maybe I'll try it the next time I make Chili.

Have a great Day


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