Saturday, January 24, 2015

Chilly Calls For Chili ~ My Bloggingham Recipe

So. Here's the plan. I'm cold. I want chili. I want homemade chili from my own Stone Age crockpot smelling up the castle all day long. That kind of chili. I carefully executed my plan by going to the store last night for supplies. The rainy cold has descended upon us. It's a miserable monsoon. I am bound and determined NOT to go out of the house anymore once the weekend starts.  Since I rarely, if ever, eat red meat, this is a big deal. But I am craving chili. Craving!!  REAL chili.  Just this once. Not many carbs in a bowl of chili at all! (I counted.) Ground turkey is just not what I want today.  All I needed was cheese and one more can of diced tomatoes from the grocer to complete the recipe. My plan was to hunker down all weekend, visit a few peace bloggers, cook, and catch a couple of naps...then freeze the leftovers for cold February lunches to come. Exciting, no?

I awoke early, made my usual oatmeal and cheesy egg breakfast, then started to dice onions for the chili. All ingredients assembled and ready to cook! I'm done! Now all I have to do is cook the beef, layer the ingredients, turn the heat to HI, cover and wait five hours. The magic of crockery cooking.
I had another cup of coffee and settled in my comfy chair. Wearing fleece. And fuzzy socks.
Then it hit me.
I forgot's nagging me....what, what, what??!!
Chili powder.
Epic fail.
Get dressed. Get wet. Get in the car. Go to the store. Store #1 out of chili powder.
Get wet. Get in the car. Get out. Get wet. Shiver. Brrrr..... Store #2 hid it way in the back of the cumin rack. Everybody in the world must be making chili today.  Go out. Get wet. Get in the car. Drive home. Get out. Get wet. Shut the door. Finally!!

It will be ready in five hours. I'm exhausted!
It would be so lovely to see you all at dinner. Please consider yourselves invited.
Here's my recipe for Chili
Ingredients: 32 oz can of dark red kidney beans
16 oz can of diced petite tomatoes (I use Hunt's garlic flavored)
32 oz can of whole tomatoes
2 pounds of ground beef  (I used only 1 lb. Just my preference)
2 large onions diced
1 TBSP of prepared minced garlic or 2 whole garlic cloves diced
1 tsp of cumin
1 TBSP olive oil
2-3 TBSP of chili powder (I used 2 for less heat.)
salt, pepper to taste

Drain the beans and place them on the bottom of the crockpot. Cover with tomatoes. Do not drain the tomatoes. Use all the juice. Brown the ground beef in olive oil with chopped onions, garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper to taste. Simmer for 15 minutes. Pour the beef mixture on top of the other ingredients in the crockpot. Stir only once. Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours. You could also cook on LOW for 10-11 hours.
Serve with a dollop of low-fat sour cream and shredded cheese.

Have a great Saturday!
and don't forget the chili powder!

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Janice said...

My Queen! You have not only committed the act of cookery, you have set it all down in recipe form! I am most impressed... and most hungry for chili right now.

Mimi Lenox said...

Thank you, Janice! If I impressed you, Most High Cookery Person with Her Own Cooking Blog, then I must be doing something right. I love "committed the act of cookery"....alliteration at its best!

If only someone would clean the kitchen for me. Where is Homer?

Kathy said...

Very inspirational! It makes me think of my Dad's chili. Which is funny, because I've been thinking about him a lot today.

thank you

Mimi Lenox said...

Kathy - I know you must miss him. It hasn't been very long since he passed. Sometimes those memories just jump up and grab you. Hugs to you.

speedyrabbit said...

sounds so yummy,xx Rachel

Mimi Lenox said...

Rachel - It was pretty yummy indeed.
How is Speedy doing?

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