Sunday, November 6, 2011

Homemade Chili

Homemade chili is a staple in my family for Halloween. Last year, I went to my mom's to make it with her. This year, she wasn't planning on making some, so we decided to make it ourselves. This is a good, hearty, basic chili with a couple of extra fun things thrown in, just for kicks.

3 C dry beans (about 1 lb.)
2 lb. ground beef
4 medium onions, chopped
2 green peppers, chopped
2 large red tomatoes, chopped
2 large green tomatoes, chopped
1 Qt tomatoes or 1 46 oz can tomato juice
1 can corn, drained
1-1/2 C catsup
1-2 Tbs chili powder
1 Tbs salt
pepper to taste
shredded cheese
sour cream

Pick over and soak the beans overnight.

Cook beans for about 3 hours. Drain.

Saute beef, onions, and peppers until meat is browned and onions are translucent.

Drain grease. Add to drained beans with rest of ingredients.

Simmer 1 hour. The amount of chili powder you add is really to taste, but allow enough time for it to blend and cook into the chili to avoid a powdery taste. I usually taste it 1/2 hour into the simmer to see if it needs more chili powder.

Top with sour cream and shredded cheese just before serving, if desired.

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