Saturday, February 05, 2011

A Super Bowl of Chili

Need a super bowl of something for tomorrow's Super Bowl? Can't go wrong with this one...a basic, but great chili recipe passed down from a dear friend of my grandmother's.

Pauline's Chili

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced3 lbs ground chuck
2 pieces white sandwich bread ( I use Pepperidge Farm just because it's what Grandmother always had around.)
2 cans tomato sauce
1/4 to 3/4 cup chili powder (your favorite blend that includes cumin and garlic) to taste (Start with less and add more if you want more heat.)
2 cans kidney beans, drained

Sauté the onions and garlic for 2-3 minutes in olive oil. Add the ground chuck and brown completely. ( I use a metal spatula to chop the meat into small pieces as it browns.)

In a food processor or blender, blend together bread and tomato sauce and add to meat mixture. Stir in chili powder and kidney beans. Simmer for 1 hour.

I can't eat a bowl of this chili without Fritos and some grated cheese. You could also add chopped onion and even get exotic with sour cream or chopped cilantro.

Make sure and save your leftovers in fridge or freezer. It's even better after it's had a chance to sit a while.

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