Sadly, I’m a picky eater. I will not eat vegetables unless hidden in a sauce or other means. That goes for fruit too, with the exception of applesauce. It’s a texture thing for me. When people learn about my “poor eating habits” they undoubtedly wonder how I’ve made it this far in life. I ask myself that same question nearly every day. I just keep telling myself that if I wait long enough, scientists will reveal a study confirming that eating funnel cakes, Tootsie Rolls and all things sugary delicious is the secret to life’s longevity. However, while I wait, I must find other nourishment – like this chili.
This chili recipe is from my mom. It’s simple enough to serve on its own. Or, people can add their own goodies to it. What I like best is that it’s tasty, easy and my son will eat it as long as we pretend it’s a sauce over noodles. I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine.
1 lb. ground beef (or ground turkey if going the more healthy route)
1 small onion, chopped
1 large can tomato juice
1 package dry chili mix (I use McCormick’s original)
2 cans chili beans (sometimes I only use one as my son and I aren’t big fans)
1/4 tsp chili powder (don’t add until after adding the mix and other ingredients – you may not want more spice)
1/4 – 1/2 up water
Salt & pepper to taste
Secret ingredient: 1 small piece of chocolate to cut the tomato taste
Typically I use a couple of small pieces from a Hershey bar. However, in desperate times I’ve been known to be creative. Just ask the person who got a big bite of chili that contained a not-quite-melted-enough chocolate easter egg. SURPRISE!
Brown the ground beef (or turkey) with onion. Remove grease. Add remaining ingredients and cook an hour or so. Use your favorite toppings (cheese, green onion, sour cream, elbow macaroni, Fritos, oyster crackers, etc.)
Number of servings: I have a family of 3 and it’s enough for all of us plus a few lunches. I say that, but keep in mind that we put A LOT of noodles in ours which probably helps the amount last longer.
Dig in and enjoy!