Doesn't everybody just love chili?  What's not to love?  A classic comfort food.  Somebody had mentioned chili just before the Super Bowl, and I had been thinking about it ever since.  I love that you can top it almost any way you like (I like cheese, sour cream and onions), and I love that it is super versatile - ground meat, chunks of meat, meat and beans, only beans - however you like.
I use a packaged seasoning mix - (Carrol Shelby's Original Texas Brand Chili Kit).  I've tried making my own from scratch and I've never come up with a recipe that I like as much as this mix.  This makes it a quick and easy weeknight meal, and I'm leaning a lot on easy shortcuts these days. 
The main part of the kit is just the seasoning packet - certainly something you could mix on your own if you wanted.  I dice onions, brown my meat and then stir in the seasoning, a can of water, a can of tomato sauce and a can of diced tomatoes.  Usually I will use a chunk of beef, season with salt and pepper and maybe coat with a little flour, cut it into bit sized pieces to brown, and then let the chili simmer for a couple hours until the meat is super tender.  But for a quick weeknight meal, this time I just used some ground beef.  I think this might actually be the first time I've done it with ground beef and I liked it a lot.  I also put in a can of pinto beans - another new twist.  I usually am more in the purist camp with chili - I never before have made it with both meat and beans - but this time I wanted more protein without adding more meat, so I went for it.  And I liked it. 
I also just recently made a vegetarian version of this one - I did a three bean chili using a mixture of black, pinto and white kidney (cannellini) beans.  It was also very good.

Lisa Marsh

Mom to two sets of twins.

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