- 1lb meat (ground turkey or beef)
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 tsp oregano
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper (if you don’t have cayenne pepper, then use 2 tsp paprika)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained
- 1 can (15 oz) pinto beans, drained
- 1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes in juice
- 1 can (5 oz) tomato paste
- ½-1 can (5oz) water
Ground meat in pan (you can chop the onion while you’re waiting for the meat to cook).
Drain meat. Add meat and chopped onion to pot and mix together. Then layer in the ingredients as they are listed. Mix once or twice.
Cook on high for about 5 hours or low for 8+ hours.
To cut down on cost, you can buy beans in bulk. You’ll need about 1 cup dry. Rinse and sort beans. Soak beans overnight in 2 cups water to 1 cup beans the day before you make the chili. Drain the water before using. Whole Foods has an amazing bean blend called “Carnivale.” I HIGHLY recommend it.
If you want to make complete vegetarian, do not add meat. Instead add another can or 1/2 cup of dried beans.
If you don’t have cayenne, you can easily substitute the tomatoes for 1 can (14.5 oz) of fire roasted or diced tomatoes with chiles and one can regular diced tomatoes.
If you have some yummy tomatoes from a farmer’s market or your own back yard, you’ll need about 3 lbs of fresh tomatoes. I’d still add the tomato paste to thicken it up, though. If its between store bought tomatoes or canned, I’d stick with canned. They usually are much more flavorful since they usually use the tomatoes that are too ripe to ship.
Buy a small squash, about 6 inches (kabocha, acorn or butternut work well). Cut in half and remove seeds. Place face down on a plate with a few tablespoons of water. Cook in microwave for about 10 minutes. Test with fork to see if its done. Place squash face up so that it makes a bowl. Serve chili in the squash bowl.
Top with sour cream or cheese.
If at the end of the chili and you don’t have enough for complete servings, make chili mac! Make macaroni and cheese according to directions. You can either mix the chili in or serve the mac and cheese and top with a spoonful of chili!
Chili also tastes great on hot dogs!