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Chili

Everyone needs a good chili recipe. Chili is not something that we make very often in this house, but when we do, we want it done right. Here is an excellent chili recipe that we recently found. We have made a few subtle alterations to go with our tastes.

Notes: Use the huge soup pot, it makes a LOT!

Ingredients:
2 lb Ground Beef
1 lb Hot Italian sausage (no casing)
3, 15 oz cans Chili beans, drained
1, 15 oz can Chili beans in spicy sauce
2, 28 oz cans Diced tomatoes with sauce, pulsed quickly in the blender
1, 6 oz can Tomato paste
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 Green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 Red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 Jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
1 TBSP Bacon bits
4 cubes Beef boulion
1/2 cup Beer
1 cup Golden Tequila
1/4 cup Chili powder
1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
1 TBSP Minced garlic
1 TBSP dried Oregano
2 tsp ground Cumin
2 tsp Hot sauce
1 tsp dried Basil
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp ground Black pepper
1 tsp Cayenne pepper
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp White sugar
For Serving:
8 oz Cheddar cheese, shredded
Tortilla chips
Corn Bread (see here)

Directions:

  • In the large pot, brown the ground beef and sausage. Drain excess fat.
  • Add in the remaining ingredients (except those for serving). Stir well.
  • Cover and simmer on low heat for at least 2 hours, or longer if you have time.
  • Serve topped with Cheddar cheese. Use tortilla chips and corn bread for dipping.
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Easy Buttermilk Corn Bread

This recipe goes perfectly with Chili.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Butter
2/3 cup Sugar
2 large Eggs
1 cup Buttermilk
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1 cup Cornmeal
1 cup Flour
1/2 tsp Salt

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease and 8×8 in pan.
  • In a measuring cup, combine baking soda and buttermilk, set aside. In a separate bowl combine cornmeal, flour, and salt, set aside.
  • Melt butter in a large skillet.
  • Remove from heat and stir in sugar.
  • Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended.
  • Add in the buttermilk mixture, stir well.
  • Add in cornmeal mixture, mix until well blended and few lumps remain.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes