Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs
Its Chili Time! When the weather FINALLY turns cool , it's time for a steaming "Bowl of Red"! Chili, to an aficionado, is more than a spicy stew; it is a craving, a passion, for a simmered combination of meat and chile peppers that warms the heart and inspires the soul. The exact origin of chili is still shrouded in mystery. Some people believe it wa s originated by chuckwagon cooks who regularly prepared stew for the cowpokes of the Southwest. Possibly, one of the these cooks ran out of black pepper and in his search for a substitute, he came across some red chile peppers which were common among the Indians and Mexicans in the territory that is now west Texas. These undomesticated capsicums were extremely hot. When the cowboys inquired about the source of the extreme heat, they were told that the heat came from the "chile", or hot pepper. Over time, this sizzling stew became popular in its own right, and became known as "chili".
- 2 lbs lean ground beef
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 (16 ounce) cans tomatoes, cut up
- 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 6 -7 pickled jalapeno peppers, rinsed and chopped (1/2 cup)
- 1⁄4 cup chili powder
- 1 teaspoon red pepper, ground
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 (15 ounce) cans red kidney beans
- Cook ground beef, onions, green pepper, celer y, and garlic in large pan till meat is browned.
- Do not drain.
- Stir in undrained tomatoes, and remaining ingredients except kidney beans.
- Simmer uncovered for 1 1/2 hrs., stirring occasionally.
- Stir in beans and cook another 30 minutes.
This chili is the best! I have made it 4 times and it always comes out great. This last time I added a can of corn and more celery. I left out the jalapenos which made it a little less spicy, but the red pepper, (cayenne), is just enough spice for me. I also experimented with a tsp. of cumin in this batch, which added to the deep taste of this chili. The prep time is short, and the cooking time seems a little long, but the taste is worth the wait! You won't be disapointed with this recipe!
This was a nice flavoured Chili. I used My Special Chili Powder for the chili powder with good results. Sereved over rice and with corn chips topped with melted cheese it made for a lovely mid week meal.
I had to print this recipe many times! I kept losing it after I would make it - I must have made it a million times!!! My boyfriend and my family absolutely LOVE it! I had to give the recipe to my mom!!! It's so wonderful!!!