The weather is getting colder, days getting shorter, annnnd its chili season! Growing up, my mom made the same, simple chili recipe whenever the weather started to turn cold…and i never ate it. I had many “picky eater” traits growing up and chili beans were definitely one of them. Luckily, I grew out of that phase and now I crave my mom’s chili!! I made it for the first time in my own kitchen this past week and it definitely hit the spot. I also splurged and made a small batch of corn bread…such a good combo. As i sit here in my chilly apartment, it warms me up just thinking about it! I feel as though this will be the first of many soup creations for the winter months!
Ingredients for Mama’s Chili
1 pound ground beef (I used 90% lean)
1 whole onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans chili beans
1 can kidney beans
1 large can (64 oz) tomato juice
1 can diced tomatoes
1 tbsp chili powder (or more, depending on preference)
In large saucepan, sauté onions and garlic for 2 minutes over medium heat, then add hamburger to brown.
Reduce heat to medium-low. To a large pot, add beef mixture, beans, tomatoes, and chili powder, mixing well. Cook for 5 minutes on this heat.
Add tomato juice and mix well, adding salt and pepper to taste. Cook on medium-low heat, covered, for 10 minutes, and then on low for another 10 minutes.