If you missed yesterday’s post for homemade chili and taco seasoning, you may want to check it out because today I am using it in my favorite chili recipe. I am a big chili fan, but I am very particular about my chili. I like it to be thick and hearty; none of that watery gruel will be seen in my kitchen. I also like it spicy, not nose running, tears in your eyes hot, just enough kick to awaken your senses.

I also like to load my chili with vegetables such as bell peppers, onion, jalapeno, corn and potatoes. Yes, you read that right, I always toss a large Idaho potato into my chili. I can’t recall what prompted me to place a potato in my chili, but I have been doing it for years and chili just isn’t the same without out it this random addition. That’s one of the great things about chili; you can totally personalize it by adding your own special twist.

One variation that I have been known to do is picking up bread bowls from Panera, or any bakery, and filling them with this chili. Add a sprinkling of shredded cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream and you have the perfect meal for a cool, crisp evening. Whether it’s for the big game or a quiet weekend at home, this chili is sure to satisfy even the biggest of appetites.


Hearty Chili

Ingredients:

1 ½ pounds lean ground beef

1 cup chopped sweet onion

1 cup chopped green pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

1 jalapeno, seeded and diced

2 tablespoons homemade chili seasoning (or one envelope chili seasoning)

2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes (I use the ones that specify “for chili”)

2 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, undrained

1-2 teaspoons Sriracha or hot sauce of your choice

1 large Idaho potato, peeled and cubed

1 cup frozen corn


Garnish

-shredded cheese

-sour cream


Directions:

1. In a large Dutch oven, cook ground beef over medium-high heat until evenly browned. Drain excess grease.


2. Add onion, green pepper, garlic, and jalapeno and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Sprinkle meat mixture with homemade chili seasoning (or contents of chili seasoning envelope). Mix seasoning with the meat and vegetable mixture and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly.


3. Add in diced tomatoes, kidney beans, hot sauce and potatoes, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Stir in corn the last 15 minutes of cooking.


4. Garnish chili with shredded cheese and sour cream.


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