Thursday, November 13, 2008
It's chili time!!! Sunday was a day of many "to do's"; I had stuff to do around the house plus I was baking cookies for round 4 of Operation Baking Gals. I wanted to make something good for supper but I didn't really have to time prepare a meal that needed a lot of attention through the cooking process since I had the cookies going on I was doing other stuff. I decided that chili would be a pretty easy thing to put in the crockpot and let let it go.
I have made chili multiple times before and it's always met our expectations. Even though I love the past chili recipes I've made, this time I wanted to make one all my own. I am so glad I decided to make my own version of chili, it turned out so very good! There were so many flavors that went into this recipe and they all blended so well and made a very good flavored chili.
This recipe really didn't take long to put together. It would also be a great meal where everything could be prepared ahead of time and then put together and cooked at the desired time. It would also be great meal for the crockpot or on the stove top.
Remember, the spices and flavors will blend together more after the chili sits a day. Be careful with the amount of heat added because it will get more intense!
Three Bean Chili
1 Pound sausage
1 Pound ground beef
1 Can chili hot beans
1 Can black beans
1 Can navy beans
1 (6oz) can tomato paste
1 Large onion, chopped
1-2 Carrots, chopped
1 Stalk celery, chopped
2 Medium jalapenos, seeded and diced
1 1/4 Tablespoon seasoned pepper blend
1/2 Teaspoon onion powder
1 1/2 Tablespoon garlic salt
1 Bay leaf
2 Cups Water
1 1/2 Tablespoons Louisiana hot sauce (or any type of hot sauce desired)
1/2-2 Tablespoons chili powder (season to desired taste)
Salt and pepper, to taste
In a large pan brown the sausage and beef. Once browned drain meat well and set aside.
Heat skillet and melt 1-2 tablespoons butter. Once butter has melted add onion, carrots and celery. Sautee the mixture until onions turn clear. Once onions begin to turn clear remove from heat.
In a large stockpot or crockpot (whichever cooking method desired) pour all 3 cans of beans in and mix together. Stir in tomato paste and water. Add browned meat, veggies, jalapenos, bay leaf, hot sauce and other seasonings and mix together well. Adjust seasonings to fit your taste.
Once everything is mixed together turn on the heat.
For crockpot cooking cook on high for about 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally then turn to the warm setting. If needing to cook for a longer time set temperature on low.
For stove top cooking turn stove on medium to medium high and let chili cook/simmer for about an hour to an hour and a half.
Spoon into a bowl and serve with favorite toppings...chives, sour cream, cheese etc.
Recipe Source: A Lynsey Original