Thursday, November 19, 2009
Quick Dinners with Mama Jen: Texas Chili
What you need:
2 lbs beef or turkey
2 cups red kidney beans (drain and rinse)
4 cups diced tomatoes
1 large onion diced
2 large green bell peppers diced
1-2 garlic cloves
3 TBSP chili powder
1 TSP cumin
1 TSP red pepper flakes
1 TSP dried oregano
2 cups water
salt and pepper to taste
Brown meat, drain well and set aside. Take a couple TBSP of oil and heat. Add garlic, onion, bell pepper, and dry spices and cook for about 5 minutes or until onions become soft. Then add drained and rinsed beans, tomatoes, cooked meat, water and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for about 2 hours. After 30 or 45 minutes the chili is done, but the longer you let it simmer the better the chili will taste.
This chili is not a thick and hearty chili but a few ways to make it a little thicker. Take a TBSP of corn starch and 1/4 cups of water and mix and add to chili. Another trick when the chili is simmering do not put the lid on.
Top with shredded cheddar cheese and enjoy!