Great, Easy CHILI

GREAT, EASY CHILI

With the cooler or colder weather in many States this time of year–what can be better than a nice big pot of warm, healthy chili?  You can change the type of beans or other ingredients depending on what you like, what you have in your cupboard, and how much you wish to make.  I like to make a big pot so that we can have it for a few days or if you are having company.

My Basic Ingredients:
1-2 lbs of good Ground Beef ( 80-90% fat free)
1 Onion ( chop it or cut in small pieces)
Bell pepper–cut up (optional)
1 can Stewed Tomatoes
1 can Tomato Sauce
1 lg. can Chili Beans
1 lg can Kidney beans
1 small can Black Beans or Pinto Beans (optional)
Spices: Chili Powder, Cumin, minced garlic, salt & hot sauce (optional)

Cook ground beef & onions in large pot just until there is no pink.
Add tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, cans of beans (rinse out each can with a little water and add to the pot).
Add about 1-2 TBLS of both Cumin & Chili powder. Add minced Garlic (I prefer fresh gralic pressed), 2 tsps. Salt  (as desired)
I add a couple of squirts of hot sauce & then put the bottle on the table for those that at like it really hot!

Cook on medium for at least an hour, strirring occasionally. Sometimes I drop it to Low temp if it starts to boil.
Serve with cornbread or warm bread. Shreaded cheese may be sprinkled on top of each bowl of chili.  ENJOY!  It will last for about 5 days if you use fresh ground beef or you like it so much it is gone!