With the shorten days and the chilly nights, we’ve entered the fall season and what’s more warming than a hot bowl of delicious Chili to kick in the new Autumn air.
If you’ve never had Chili before than you are seriously missing out. No really, you are.
It is super easy to make, all in ONE pot with very little clean up after everything is done, maybe a cylinder and some utensils.
My introduction this awesome meal was here in Canada. I hadn’t had in it Barbados, it was completely new to me but I instantly feel like love with it.
I think it’s the first meal my husband ever made for me when we first met.
What is Chili?
Chili is a type of spicy stew made of meat, beans, tomatoes, chili peppers, tomato sauce and is easily one of the most satisfying meals that the entire family can enjoy, even the kids.
There are so many versions of Chili too; meaty, vegan, no beans, all beans, spicy, mild…you get the picture. You can definitely play around with it.
I thought it was a very interesting combination of beans, ground beef, beans, corn and spices. I quickly learned how to make it and STORE it.
Before you knew it, I’d whip up a big batch and freeze some of it for quick meals that we can just reheat on the stove top.
What You Wish You Knew Before You Ate Chili
This doesn’t happen to everyone but for some of us, we can report the flatulence associated with eating Chili.
If the family or friends stick around long enough, there is bound to be a bunch of that going on, so if you know what beans does this to you then it would be wise to limit the amount that you do have.
Remember earlier I said that Chili was one of the first meals my husband made in our dating phase?
Well, I found out pretty quickly what chili can make you do on your first date, haha.
Not only is this dish yummy, it is almost packed with lots of important vitamins and minerals. According to Cronometer, 1 cup of homemade Chili contains lots of fiber, protein, Vitamins B1, B6, B12, A, C and minerals; copper, manganese and zinc and tons more. See below.
- 1-1.5 lbs ground beef, rinsed
- 1 can kidney beans, rinsed
- 1 can black beans, rinsed
- 1 can whole corn kernels, rinsed
- 1 can mushrooms, sliced, rinsed
- 1 can baked beans in maple syrup
- 1/2 can tomato sauce, plain
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 small onion, chopped or sliced
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp salt
Drain and rinse beans, corn and mushrooms in cylinder, set aside.
In a large pot, pour 1 tsp olive oil and throw in the ground beef, 1 tsp salt, onions, garlic, cumin, 1 tsp chili powder and cook on medium heat until brown.
Drain off excess oil and add the beans, corn and mushrooms directly to the pot and combine well.
Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and the remaining chili powder and salt.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Serve with your favorite topping; shredded cheese, tortillas, crackers, biscuits etc.
How did your Chili turn out? Did you find it really easy? Let me know in the comment section.