Sunday, October 23, 2011

Classic, Hearty Chili

Nothing beats a nice, hearty bowl of chili.  My favorite, classic recipe comes from The Better Homes & Gardens cookbook (full recipe here) for an easy, stove top chili that can be ready in about 90 min.  I have been perfecting it over the years and have added a few ingredients along the way.  Today I made it with a lean, ground sirloin as the recipe calls for, but have also gone with ground turkey and loved it... The husband insists it's best with "real meat".  Another great option is to go vegetarian and add in zucchini, butternut squash, carrots & cauliflower.
Gotta love the toppings!!  Do a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of sharp cheddar cheese and some tasty green onion.  I am also a big fan of Oyster crackers... Yes, many calories will be added with these embellishments... Don't forget a nice, cold beverage!
There are many great items that go in this chili like the rich, red diced tomatoes and kidney beans shown above, but I do add a few more ingredients.  In addition to the recipe, add in a can of black beans, sweet crisp corn and a couple extra cloves of chopped garlic.  I also tend to go a little heavy handed on the chili seasoning, basil and a couple extra dashes of sea salt. 
Simmer on low heat for about 45 min.  I have found that the flavors pop out more if you give it some time on the stove.  And the next day... Even better!  I always make a double batch - it's too good!
What's your favorite Fall recipe?

1 comment:

  1. ooh, this looks and sounds so delicious! i love me a nice hot bowl of chili!!
    xx ~ kristina