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07 September 2011

Dishes with Dee: Jackie's Easy Peasy Chilly-day Chili

It is cliche for fall?...
..Then I freakin' did it today.

I bought my first Pumpkin Spiced Latte of the season.
Bought a candle that smells like the leaves changing
I made Jeff's mom's awesome Chili
And I bundled up in a giant sweater.

It is perfect for a day when its 57 degrees and cloudy.  In truth, I love this weather.  Last fall I wrote all about it.  And, I especially love making Jackie's Chili.

Why?!  Because its delicious AND sooooo easy to do.  You're only gonna spend about 10 minutes standing in your kitchen.  Obviously I'm always in there anyway, but for those of you who think tater tots and chicken nuggets are a homemade meal, change it up for something this yummy.  (AKA Katie and Megan)

PLUS:
Ain't noting better than chili on a cold day.
Duh.


So Here's What Ya Need:
1/2 c. white onion (chopped-- I usually reserve some for topping which I dice.  I like to use bigger pieces in the chili, otherwise you lose them)
A few cloves of garlic (Chopped, minced, or whatever you want)
1-2 lbs of ground beef (depending on your desire for meat.  In general, I use 1 lb.)
2 cans of diced tomatoes (I buy the chili ready Kroger brand stuff--it comes in chili spices!)
1 can of diced tomatoes with jalapeno. (Kroger represent)
1 medium can of pork n beans (Please note that there are 4 different freakin' can sizes of PnB, you want the 28 oz can)
Spices- Salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder and Jeff likes to add Cayenne pepper too
Optional:  This time I bought a little 4 oz. can of Green Chili peppers.  I've never done that before while making this chili, but I think I will from now on.  It just gave it a little extra punch.
Garnish: Diced onion (as stated above), shredded cheese, sour cream, oyster crackers.

And Here's What Ya Do:
1. Over medium heat, cook the beef until just browned.



While the meat is browning, that iz a good time to chop/dice your onion and mince your garlic.  And in my case, since I accidentally bought the chilies whole, I had to cut up them suckers too.
*** Note:  There were probably 3 or 4 peppers in the can, I only used 1- afraid they would over power- but they didn't so feel free to use more.***

2.  Once browned, transfer the beef to a crock pot.  
**Note:  Ain't no secret that beef is supa greasy.  I would use a slatted spoon of some sort to separate the grease...like this one!**

3. Add your canned tomatoes and pork n beans

4. Add onion, garlic, and green chilies


4. Add spices and stir that shit up.




5. Allow to cook in the crock pot on high for plenty of time.  About 1-2 hours. Stirring occasionally (like every 15-30 minutes)

6. Then cozy up with a blanket and enjoy!




Obviously, special shout out to Jeff's mom for the awesome recipe.  I probably have changed it some over the last year on accident since I didn't write it down!  We love it every time we make it!

Also, shout of the Jeff for being the photographer when I had my hands full

And shout out to my supa cool sista for the sweater.  Even though you only see a sleeve.

So, boom.  Go make yourself some chili.  And light a fall candle. 
You're Welcome.

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