Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Chili thats not really Chili at all....

Not a huge fan of Chili but a long time ago in a place far, far away my friend, Gaylene made this side dish and we make it occasionally in our house and call it chili.  Now, yes, I know how to make the real deal and have posted a recipe for Chili Colorado that uses reconstituted peppers even but this is definitely not that.  Just a nice mellow  mix of beans and burger that comforts and allows me to consume mass quantities of yellow corn bread.

So this recipe (originally called Calico Beans) is our house "Chili" recipe.

1 pound of ground beef browned
1 onion chopped (added to the pan after the beef till translucent)
garlic cloves minced (I used a lot) added the last few minutes of the onions
1 can of butter beans (drained, reserve if you need more liquid though)
2 cans of Mixed Beans (black, pinto, navy etc.) not drained
1 can of Pork and Beans
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 T vinegar

1 T cumin
1 T chili powder
1 t Chipotle Chili powder (heat)
S & P to taste

I just threw everything in the crock pot and walked away for 6 hours or so. If its too thin I use a bit of corn meal to thicken it up. 

A dollop of sour cream and a slice of corn bread makes this a tasty meal.  I asked the kids to come over but they did not so their loss.

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