When the weather gets cooler, my cooking changes.
I make more stews, soups and of course chili!
It's a favorite in our house.
My friend Denise emailed me and asked me to share my chili recipe.
So when I made it recently I took photos so that I could share it with you.
I don't ever use a recipe for my chili, but these are the basic steps that I follow...
I brown up onions, garlic and sometimes chopped celery too.
I add my spices now...it smells so good!
This is how I measure my spices...in my hand, then in to the pot.
I taste as the chili cooks adjusting the seasoning as I go along.
These are my favorite chili spices to use...
cumin (whole and ground)
ancho chile powder
chipotle chile powder
I usually use ground turkey, but you can use ground beef or make it vegetarian if you prefer.
Then I add kidney beans (drained), both light and dark red.
I use fresh tomatoes whenever possible, but if not canned with the juices works great too.
You can also use tomato sauce, tomato soup or even V-8 juice!
I add tomato paste near the end of the cooking time to thicken it up.
Then I add a bottle of beer...something dark like a Guinness.
It rounds out the flavors nicely and adds an interesting warm note to the taste.
Then I let it simmer for about 3 hours.
I check it every 30 minutes or so, stirring, tasting and adjusting seasonings.
Then it's time to eat!!
We like ours topped with...
shredded cheddar cheese
and of course served with fresh cornbread!!
There are so many variations on chili across the country....I'd love to hear about yours.
What's your favorite kind of chili?