On a cold winter day, is there anything more beautiful and tasty than a spicy bowl of chili with beans?
Everyone has their favorite recipe - beef or turkey, or even vegan. This one works either way! Fresh onions and celery, a generous dose of spices, and we are on our way. I use layers of tomato flavor - tomato sauce, diced tiny tomatoes and tomato paste or puree. Beans - pick your favorite! Light kidney beans, dark kidney beans, chili beans, or my favorite - a combo of all three!
Leave out the beans? Au contraire! They add so much flavor and texture!
One of my best friends, Michele, proudly proclaims that her father ALWAYS made the best chili WITHOUT beans - but he spilled the beans and told meon the side that he always chops them up in a blender and adds them when she isn't looking. Don't you love the way that we sometimes hide ingredients from our kids - no matter how old they might be?
This is our favorite recipe, hands down. Spoon it into a bowl and serve with shredded cheese (cheddar, Mexican, colby-jack or pepper cheese), and set some bowls out with sour cream, chopped onion and everyone can design their own favorite.
A side of fresh warm corn bread or corn muffins, or a sprinkle of Frito Corn Chips, and you have a crowd-pleasing favorite!