Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Simple Meaty Chili

I made this for the Super Bowl. I wanted a simple, basic chili to layer on top of Doritios, and top with all sort of crazy fixin's like sour cream, chopped onion, shredded cheese, avocado, and cilantro...and maybe more random things from the frig.

One of the ingredients is masa, which I didn't have on hand, but I always enjoy looking for new ingredients. I don't quite know what I'm going to do with the other 5 pounds of corn flour, but I'm sure I'll find something new and fun to try.

Simple, Perfect Chili

from The Pioneer Woman Cooks

2 lbs ground beef
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp ground oregano
1 tbsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
One 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 tsp salt
1/4 c masa (corn flour)

Optional Ingredients
1 can pinto beans, drained
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes (can use diced tomatoes with green chilies)
shredded cheese (for serving)
onion, chopped (for serving)

1. Place the ground beef in a large pot and throw in the garlic.

2. Cook the beef until brown and drain off the excess fat.

3. Pour in the tomato sauce, followed by the spices and salt.

4. Stir together well, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If the mixture becomes overly dry, add in 1/2 cup water at a time as needed.

5. After an hour, place the masa in a small bowl. Add 1/2 cup of water and stir together with a fork.

6. Dump the masa mixture into the chili and stir together well. Taste, adjust the seasonings, and add more masa paste and/or water to get the chili to your preferred consistency, or add more corn flavor.

This is what my chili looked like before adding the tomatoes and beans:

Add the beans, jalapeño and tomatoes if desired. Simmer for 10 minutes. Serve topped with cheese and onions.

The verdict?
I thought the recipe name of Simple Chili was perfect. On it's own, in a bowl, it is a little on the basic side. But, as a base to add all the wonderful additions that make chili...CHILI, it is a great simple start. I did not add any cayenne powder, jalapeno pepper, or diced tomatoes with green chilies because I wanted it to be mild and easy to add to any recipe, plus toddler safe for my son.

If I didn't add the beans and tomatoes, it was a little too meaty for our preferences. Actually, it was only meat, so with the addition of the beans and tomatoes, it was perfect. I froze the leftovers, and think they will make a great topped baked potato or chili dog. Ahhhhhh...chili dogs...my nemsis!

Easy Cooking | Simple Cooking 

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