Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Our group ANGELS AWAITING MATERNITY HOME won this year's Community Action CHILI CHALLENGE! All credit goes to my brother Les who prepared it!


As dictated by Les:

4 yellow onions
olive oil
6 cloves garlic
4 # ground chuck
McCormick's Chili Powder
4 8-ounce cans of Hunt's Tomato Sauce
2 cans Rotel diced tomatoes
4 cans Joan Of Arc Kidney Beans
1 can Hunt's tomato paste
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon ground cumin

In a large pan, cut up 4 onions and saute in oil. Add 6 cloves garlic and a little bit of chili powder.

Start adding hamburger (we use ground chuck for competitions) a pound at a time because it makes it easier to break up and cook.
Add some chili powder to the hamburger as it's cooking. Drain grease from hamburger. I set it at an angle on the counter to drain off all the grease possible (unlike Mother who put all the grease in the chili!).

In a big pot put:

4 cans tomato sauce
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
4 cans kidney beans

[NOTE: rinse all cans and put the RINSE WATER in the pot; there's a lot of flavor and sediment in the cans]

Bring to a boil; add drained hamburger; add more chili powder to taste; add 1 teaspoon cumin and 1 tablespoon sugar (cuts the acidic taste).

Simmer 2 or three hours, stirring frequently. We like THICK chili!

Salt and chili powder to taste.

We serve CHILI FIVE WAYS: in separate containers serve:

PASTA (we prefer rotini instead of spaghetti because it doesn't GLOB together!)
CHEESE (we prefer Monterey Jack)
ONIONS (we prefer green onions)
HOT SAUCE (Gerald prefers Frank's Red Hot Original)
ASSORTMENT OF CRACKERS (we prefer Town House more than Ritz, Nabisco saltines, Oyster crackers and Captain's Wafers)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I always take the Captain's Wafers home from restaurants becaused I can never find them in stores.