Saturday, October 30, 2010


Start with 2 pounds lean ground beef and one package of beef kielbasa sausage
Brown in a cast iton skillet (I use my Great Grandmother's pan)
While the meat is browning, cut up two yellow onions,2 green peppers, 2 red peppers )grown in the USA preferably-unless you live in another fine country with good agriculture rules),5 cloves garlic cut fine, 5 ribs of celery (I like using the middle ones), Take cooked meat and put in large crock pot or large simmering pan, Put vegies in cast iron pan and saute, then add to meat along with the tomatoes -sometimes I add frozen corn though I didn't this time
Add one can of mild chilies for flavor and as many jalapeno's as your family can take-I only used a tablespoon of them cut finely-we are wimps
Add two cans (not the little one shown-bigger)of tomato sauce, two cans of Italian chopped tomatoes, and two cans of the petite cut tomatoes
Vegies, don't they look pretty? And do they ever add flavor
Ok, I add alot of stuff for flavor- I usually add about 2 teaspoons of each except the pepper. I only shake out a nice amount and with the beau monde I can usually use more-I just cook like my Grandma and add until it tastes good=then add 3 beef bouillion cubes and 2 cups of hot water-we don't drink here at the house but if I had leftover red wine, a little would go in also Worchestershire sauce is delicious in every kind of stew or chili-a must! And a good healthy pour of about 3 tablespoons or so of honey-it makes a huge difference! I also threw in a bit of tabasco but kept it light for my family. I like what it does to chili-read on and see what my husband said.
After all of this is stirred up, then add these beans and a package of chili mix. It sounds like alot but it is well worth it! Now, when I dish up the chili, I serve it with crushed tortilla chips, olives cut up, sour cream (low fat), sharp cheddar cheese and cut up avacado.
You can put the leftovers on baked potatoes and it is like a whole other meal and you can share with your friends, neighbors or family. I am taking half of this to Montana to share with my Aunt and my cousin along with cornbread and maybe cider. Bon Appetite!My husband said to tell you it was delicious but he liked the sour cream because it cut the heat-if you love heat then add some tabasco to your own dish of chili
VEGETARIAN? I make a good soup style chili without meat that is delicious and just right if you don't eat meat. I don't eat much of it and my daughter works for an organic healthfood store. I make it like this and instead of meat, I add cut up red potatoes, a small head of cabbage shredded and cut up carrots. I happen to love turnips in there as well but not everyone loves turnips. It is just as good and fits the bill if beef isn't your thing. :0)
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Sandi said...

Looks good, I almost made some tonight but having some BBQ ribs instead.

What is Beau Monde spice, I've never seen it before?

WoolenSails said...

That looks delicious and perfect for the cold days ahead.


Maree in NC :-) said...

If this big ol' pot of goodness didn't start out with a bunch of meat, my mouth would really be watering. LOL :-P I'll have to leave that step out and give it a try. :-) I've never thought of adding honey and that sounds fabulous. Thanks for the step by step recipe and awesome pictures!

You are so sweet to spend Halloween with your dear aunt. She continues to be in my prayers.

YankeeQuilter said...

Sounds good...honey in Chili? Never would have guessed...

pajudie said...

Looks like a wonderful recipe, Mary Lou. My sister-in-law is Vegan, so that would be a great recipe to make without the meat when she and my brother come for a visit. Sandi asks about the Beau Monde spice - I found it at our Giant food store in the spice isle (Spice Islands spices). Looks like it's made of salt, dextrose, onion, celery seed and calcium stearate, so she could probably substitute onion salt and celery seed for it if she can't find it.

Allie said...

I am saving this recipe - I love chili but I don't like it hot. I make a very plain, quick chili, and add sour cream...but this looks SO good, I can't wait to try it!

Maree in NC :-) said...

Yum ~ the vegetarian version sounds delicious and I'll definitely give it a try. Thanks a bunch! :-)

Turnips remind me of my mama, but I'd have to hide them from my kids. ;-)

Amanda said...

I would love to have a bowl of that right now!