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Great Chili

Cold wintry weather tends to make us long for comfort foods and chili is among the most popular. Many people settle for canned or deli chili because they think they don't have time to make it 'from scratch.' Nonetheless, prepared chili just does not have the identical amount of satisfaction as the homemade selection.

Right here is actually a speedy and effortless recipe that will satisfy your family's craving for warmth without taking up hours of your time. It could be ready entirely inside a significant skillet in about 45 minutes or use a crock pot to let it simmer till dinner time for much more flavor.

6 Servings


   1 pound of lean ground beef or ground turkey
   1 medium onion
   1 tablespoon chili powder
   3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
   1/8 teaspoon black pepper
   1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
   1/2 teaspoon cumin
   1 teaspoon celery salt
   1 teaspoon salt (optional)
   1/2 cup salsa
   1 16 ounce can of kidney or pinto beans in chili sauce (chili beans)
   1 14 ounce can of diced chili ready tomatoes (or use plain diced tomatoes and enhance salsa to 3/4 cup)

Peel and chop the onion. Crumble lean ground beef or turkey into a large skillet. Add the chopped onion and cook over medium heat, stirring regularly, until the onion is tender along with the meat is light brown.

Skillet Selection:

Pour the cooked mixture into a sizable colander to drain all liquid. Return the meat and onion mixture for the skillet. Stir within the spices, salsa, chili beans, and tomatoes. Bring to a low boil over medium heat. Lessen heat to low and simmer for about thirty minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve immediately or retailer in a covered container inside the refrigerator till prepared to eat. Reheat on top in the stove inside a skillet or sauce pan, stirring regularly, or use individual serving bowls and put in a microwave for 1 to two minutes.

Crock Pot Alternative:

While the meat and onions are cooking, combine salsa, chili beans, tomatoes and spices in a crock pot. Following draining the liquid from the meat and onions, add the mixture towards the ingredients in the crock pot. Stir well. Cook on low for 2-3 hours, then decrease heat setting to warm until time to eat. Stir prior to serving.


Instead of celery salt, add 1/2 cup of chopped celery towards the meat and onion mixture whilst cooking.

Add 1/2 cup chopped red or green bell pepper for the meat and onion mixture although cooking.

Chili-Mac Variation:

Add 1 cup water and 1/2 cup rotini or penne pasta to cooked meat mixture just before draining. Continue cooking more than medium heat until pasta is tender. Drain and continue with either the skillet or the crock pot option.

Vegetarian Variation:

Inside a ten inch skillet, saute the onion and spices with 1/2 cup celery, 1/2 cup of bell pepper, and 1/2 cup sliced carrots in four tablespoons of olive oil.


   1/2 cup of vegetable stock
   1 cup of rotini or penne pasta

Bring to a low boil and simmer till pasta is tender, stirring occasionally, Combine cooked ingredients in a big soup pot (or crock pot) with salsa, chili beans, and tomatoes.


   1 16 oz can of black beans with liquid
   1 can of complete kernel corn with liquid

Stir well and simmer more than low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally (or cook in crock pot on low for 2-3 hours, then lower heat to warm till ready to eat).


   Shredded Mexican style or Cheddar Cheese
   Finely chopped raw onions
   Sliced Jalapeno Peppers or Banana Pepper Rings
   Corn Chips
   Oyster or Saltine Crackers

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