Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mimi's Chili

Even though Dallas does not have the robust Fall weather I so long for, sometimes a girl has to pretend and force a season to happen at home. The Broncos are on (thanks NFL Sunday Ticket), school is in, and it's time for some foliage. Or in our case, chili! Now, chili is a bit like religion in my opinion. All falling under one common title with some little and some not-so-little differences from crock pot to crock pot. There are so many good ones out there but I am a tried and true Mimi, or as I call her "Mom", follower. My five year old is already well acquainted with Mimi's Chili and has his own style of dressing his up. Go figure. So, here it is; make it, enjoy it, and be glad dinner is on the table in no time because of a little planning on your part! Killer leftovers by the way.

Mimi's Chili
  • 2lb hamburger (you can use ground turkey)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire
  • 2 15oz cans chili beans
  • 2 15oz cans kidney beans, drained
  • 4 8oz cans tomato sauce

Brown the hamburger and drain grease. Combine meat and all ingredients in crock pot and stir. Cover and cook all day on LOW. If chili reduces too much, you can add a can of water mid day. Remove bay leaves before serving.

It's fun to create a mini chili bar for your family. Everyone likes putting their own special touches on their bowl! At our house, everyone has their chili over rice. Sounds crazy but crazy good is what it is! Rice, chili, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and for my husband, hot sauce. We've been known to throw some Fritos on there too! Turn the football game on, have some friends over, and enjoy Mimi's Chili!

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