Homemade Chili

I looked back at my “Delicious Recipes” posts and realized that almost all of them are dessert recipes, and I get the most traffic to my blog when I post food related things. So this is an experiment, the following post is for some homemade chili that I made this month, that my family loved! AKA: Not A Dessert!

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I didn’t really start to like chili until this year! I know, I grew up and suddenly decided that chili wasn’t as bad as I thought. Haha! However, after making it a couple times, I have now realized that you can’t really go wrong with making it. It’s just a fun thing to make, because there truly isn’t too much pressure, if you stick with some basics.

I found my recipe in my family’s Better Homes and Garden New Cook Book, the tenth edition.

Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup choppped green pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (16 ounces) tomatoes, diced
1 can (16 ounces) dark red kidney beans, drained
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

2-3 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions:
In a large saucepan cook ground beef, onion, green pepper, and garlic till meat is brown. Drain fat. Stir in undrained tomatoes, kidney beans, tomato sauce, chili powder, basil, salt, and pepper. Bring to boiling: reduce heat. Cover; simmer for 20 minutes. Makes 4 main-dish servings.

MY Directions:
In a large saucepan cook the ground beef until brown. I seasoned the meat with some salt and pepper while browning it. I then placed the tomato sauce, the diced tomatoes, and the red kidney beans in the crock-pot on high. While the meat was browning, and the crock-pot was warming up, I proceeded to chop up my vegetables! 1/2 cup of green peppers is about half of a large green bell pepper, and my dad bought me a red onion, so I chopped up some red onion as well as a white onion for this batch. My grandmother has a garlic “masher” ….. I’m not sure what the tool is, but I used it to squish the garlic down.
vegetablesI added those right into the crock-pot, and by that time the meat was done and added it in as well! Then I began to add the spices, I used a little more than 3 teaspoons of chili powder, because my dad likes a little kick to it. I used just a little bit more of the other spices as well as a small amount of brown sugar and garlic powder.
See what I mean?
You can kinda just add whatever you like, and substitute with what you have in your cupboard! This batch I added some white kidney beans I found, and had to use two cans of tomato sauce because I had a too small can of diced tomatoes!

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