Saturday, October 30, 2010


This is a Fall favorite of ours.  I serve it 2 ways, In a bowl and over Fritos. Both are great!

1 1/4 lbs ground beef chuck**I use ground turkey**
11 ounces of bulk Italian sausage
3 cans of chili beans, drained** you can use all 3 spicy beans or just 1 can spicy beans**
1 1/3 cans (28 ounce) diced tomatoes with the juice
2/3 of a 6 ounce can of tomato paste
1/2 large onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 tsp chopped garlic
2/3 cup each red and green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 1/3 roasted green chile, seeded and chopped**you can use canned**
2 tsp bacon**you can use store bacon bits**
3 cubes of beef bouillon
1/3 cup beer or water
2 Tbsp and 2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp dried oregano
1 1/4 tsp cumin
1 1/4 Tabasco sauce
3/4 tsp each dried basil, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, white sugar

In a large stock pot cook the meat until evenly browned and drain.  Pour in the chili beans, tomatoes, and tomato paste.  Add the onion, celery, peppers, chile peppers, bacon, bouillon and beer.  Season with the rest of the ingredients.  Simmer over low heat for at least 2 hours.  Stir occasionally and taste after 2 hours, adjust your salt, pepper and chile powder if yoi need to.  The longer it simmers the better it tastes! I serve with fritos, cheddar cheese and sour cream.  Enjoy!

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