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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sweet and Spicy Chili

First I want to apologize for not being as consistent these past couple of weeks, but it has been finals week and I am almost halfway through my Masters program! An alcoholic drink recipe will definitely be coming soon in order to celebrate! Until then though, I wanted to share this easy sweet and spicy chili recipe that makes a delicious and filling meal! I love making this chili because it is not super spicy (even though I know some people prefer more spice) and it is so simple to make, which is definitely great for me when I am trying to bang out last minute papers and projects!

Sweet and Spicy Chili
-1 medium onion, chopped
-1 green bell pepper, chopped
-2 teaspoons minced garlic
-2 pounds ground beef
-2 19 ounce cans of dark red kidney beans, strained and rinsed
-1 cup beef broth
-1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
-1 12 ounce bottle Heinz chili sauce
-1 tablespoon cumin
-1 teaspoon chili powder (add more for more spice)
-Extra virgin olive oil (about 1 tablespoon)
-Salt and pepper to taste
-Sour cream and shredded cheese (optional for topping)

In a medium saucepan heat a little olive oil (about 1 tablespoons worth) and saute the onions and green peppers.  Add in the ground beef and shake just a little salt and pepper.  Cook the beef for a few minutes until it is mostly browned.  Then, add all the rest of the ingredients including the cumin and chili powder.  Make sure before you add the beans though that you strain and rinse them.

Bring the chili to a boil and then reduce hit and allow to cook for at least another 45 minutes to an hour. Serve warm in a bowl and add a dollop of sour cream or even some shredded cheese! Enjoy!

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  1. I hear you on needing easy recipes like this during finals week. I love making chili because its easy to make and you can make a ton and keep heating it up!

  2. Mmmm! Mid-Masters celebratory chili :) I like it! And well done by the way, I wish I had your drive!

    Buzzed :)

  3. Mmmm, love that chili sauce addition! Looks like a gorgeous, hearty bow of flavorful chili - it's snowing today, please send a bowl ;)

  4. Congrats on being halfway done. I hope finals went well! The chili sounds fabulous!

  5. It looks fantastic. You added chili sauce, that's a lovely addition. Hope you finals went well!

  6. Warming and comforting..goes great with flatbread!

  7. Sounds like crunch time has definitely hit at your place-good luck completing all those projects!
    Chili is a great choice for those busy days. That bowl does look very hearty and delicious! Enjoy the weekend!

  8. I have a half jar of chili sauce in my fridge...I'm going to add it to my next batch of chili. Hooray for being halfway through your Masters!

  9. yum! looks like the perfect way to keep warm this weekend. good luck with finals!

  10. No apologies necessary. I love a good hearty bowl of chili any day.

  11. This looks yummy! Thanks for sharing! Congratulations on reaching the half way mark! You concentrate on school...we'll be here when you get back!

  12. I feel for you. My son is doing the same. Writing his thesis as well. It's tough trying to balance it all. You sure did great with this chili. Looks so inviting and tasty. Hope you kick some butt with finals. My daughter's first year in Uni this year and she is finding finals tough.