The weather is really shitty, can everyone say Chili!!

It’s cold and rainy.  I get the feeling that  game #1 of the world series ain’t happening.  So depression sinks in.  That is when we all need some comfort food.  The best shitty weather comfort food is chili.  This isn’t one of those world championship cook-off winner, 35 ingredient chili recipes.  They have their place.  but, a cold nasty day isn’t the place.  If you think about this early enough, you can use the crock pot, but you probably won’t think about it early enough, so find a fairly large pot.  Then some how manage to assemble the following:

1 lb. ground beef

1 onion (chopped up)*

1 can of tomato soup +

1 soup can full of water

1 can of dark red kidney beans (DON’T  drain)

1 good sized T. chili powder

start with 1 t of salt, and work your way up as you like it…not much of a salt person myself

This is easy to remember because if you notice, it’s one of everything.  It’s an easy recipe to store in your brain for those days when you are food shopping and pass some of the ingredients on sale.

1) brown the meat with the chopped onions.  drain it really well on paper towels, and wipe out the inside of the pot with another paper towel…greasy chili is nasty.

2)  Then put the meat mixture back in the pot, over low heat.  Add everything else and simmer for at least 30 mins.  taste as it heats to see if it wants more salt or chili powder.

3)  You cr this with crackers, fritos, cheese on top, corn bread or whatever.  be sure and refrigerate left overs because it’s even better reheated.


* okay, at the risk of doing a commercial, since  i have discovered this, i haven’t chopped an onion.  this would be one of the few kitchen gadgets i would rescue if the house caught on fire! 


+  a word about cooking with soup.  Campbells isn’t necessary.  if you are going to cook with it, buy the house brand, or the cheapest you can find.  they are usually on sale or a BOGO, and you honestly can’t tell the difference.


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October 2009


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