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Easy Chili Recipe

HELLO there!!

We are doing something different today.  Yay!

We are doing a video blog.

A cooking video blog, at that.

Yay.

I have been wanting to do some recipes here on the blog, mostly so that when I am in a cooking rut I can go back and look at stuff I have made in the past. 

Hopefully, it will help you too, in some way.

Tonight: Easy Chili.

Ron's daughter cooked this chili for us once when we went to visit her and her family.

I was very excited because I love me some chili.  Mmmm, hamburger meat, chili powder, garlic, cumin...I could not wait.

As we began to serve I felt my heart sink. 

Oh no...is that beans I see???

I'm not one of those folks that likes beans in her chili, or tomatoes, for that matter.  This one had both.

I didn't want to be rude.  I mean, when someone cooks for you, you don't just turn your nose up at what they cook.  So, I grabbed a bowl and served a little bit. 

Then, I looked for the Fritos and cheese.

What??? No Fritos and cheese???

I finally told myself to quite being a brat and just eat the little bit I had served myself.

Guess what!

To my surprise I really enjoyed the little bit I served and I served myself some more.

I Love it...and believe me...I am very picky.

I don't know, maybe my taste buds have just matured, or maybe, just maybe, this chili is really good!!

I am not sure where Rae got this recipe.  It could be on the back of a package somewhere.  It's pretty generic, though.

This is just the beginning of chili season, although in our house, we eat chili year round...Ronnie loves it that much.

This recipe is great for weekdays when you are short on time. You can double it if you have a crowd coming over. And, of course, it is perfect for football Sundays!  Usually, depending on appetites, this recipe will feed 4-6 people.  Rice or cornbread added as a side dish can really stretch it out.

We add cheese and Fritos to ours (although today, we nixed the cheese), but you can add red onions, crackers, rice, cornbread, anything you like.

I now present to you...

Easy Chili

You will need:

1 lb ground beef (or actual chili meat if you like or even some ground turkey)

1 package chili seasoning of your choice

1 can pinto beans

1 can chili ready beans

1 can kidney beans

1 can chili ready tomatoes

Begin by browning your meat. 

Add your taco seasoning.

I usually add a little garlic, cumin and salt, just because. It is totally tasty without doing that. If you like your chili with a little more kick, you can add more chili powder and/or a little cayenne.

After you brown your meat, just add all your beans and the tomatoes.

I usually add a cup of water and let it simmer until it thickens.  I do that so the tomatoes can cook and soften some.  If you like your chili really thick just reduce or omit the amount of water.

Feel free to play with different spices and amounts to make it your own. 

I find it is best enjoyed with lots of family and friends around!

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!!  

Interesting fact:  My cousins used to call me "Jan-a-fritos" when I was a little kid.  :)

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