Friday, December 17, 2010

Chili for a chilly day

The old cave is quite chilly these days, and the days are getting shorter. It's times like this that a caveman thinks about chili. At least, this caveman does. Actually, I think about chili a lot, regardless of the weather. It's not an obsession or anything, but still. Anyway, here's my recipe, which is an example of a "straight" chili (no beans, obviously).

  • 2 pounds stewing beef, diced into bite-sized pieces (or use lean ground beef)
  • 2-3 small cooking onions, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 2-3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 2-3 Tbsp chili powder (or more, if you like it hotter)
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped fine (or just use a tsp of garlic powder)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • hot sauce to taste (optional)
  1. Combine all ingredients in your slow-cooker (AKA "crockpot"). I usually put the meat in first.
  2. Cook on low heat 8 hours or until done. It's not precise, sorry. Season with the salt, pepper, and hot sauce just before you serve.
  3. Serve over cauliflower rice or on its own. Put cheese on it if you want. Or sour cream. Whatever floats your boat.
Yeah, it's that easy. It's chili, it's not supposed to be complicated!

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