Welcome to a new feature! As I love to cook and love to bake (and have a healthy enjoyment of eating), I've decided that I'll be sharing a recipe each Sunday. I'm starting out with one of my favorite winter (and occasional summer) meals: chili. This recipe is done in a crockpot and is easy peasy and amazingly delicious. It makes a hearty dinner, perfect for a simple night in.
I'll preface my first recipe post with a little hello to my British (and other non-US) readers. Hi! I'm American! Even when living in the UK, I cook and bake with US Customary Units. They are similar to, but not identical to, Imperial Units. One of these days I might start weighing everything on a scale all Nigella-esque, but let's not hold our breaths. Conversions are easily available, and/or you could just pick up a set of American-style measuring cups and spoons.
adapted by me from a stovetop recipe my mom jotted down from memory of seeing it on a cooking program a while back.
fills a 4.5 quart CrockPot (or similar slow cooker) to the brim
1 - 1.5 lb. ground beef, browned (that pack in the photo is about 2.5lbs - I froze the rest)
1 medium onion, chopped (today I had 2 small ones - it works out the same)
2 or 3 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
salt and pepper to taste (I prefer to add these, if at all, just before serving)
2 qts tomatoes w/the juice - chop if whole (I like peeled Italian plum tomatoes the best)
8 - 12oz tomato sauce (either size is fine - it just adds a bit more punch of tomato taste)
12 oz tomato paste
14 oz (1 standard can) beef broth or stock (in this case I used about half of a large carton).
1 - 2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp oregano
3+ Tbsp chili powder (to taste)
optional: 1 can red beans (if you like beans in your chili. I think it's an abomination).
**again, British friends, this is nothing like the weird concoction you call Chili con Carne and serve over rice. I have no idea what that is. But it isn't Chili. :(
My stove is not pretty. It is old, worn, and stained. A peril of renting.
Next Sunday I'll be sharing a baked something. Leave a comment if you give the chili a try, I'd love to know what you think!