Last Sunday was a comfort food kind of day. It was a day to put some chili on the stove and let it simmer for a couple of hours. This is that kind of chili. It is well worth the wait, and very little work once you get everything in the pot. There is something very soothing about stirring a chili pot every 15 to 20 minutes. You can think about how delicious it is going to taste, almost meditating as you stir. It can put you into a very zen-like state.
I love how the flavors meld together and how everything tastes. My son doesn't like overly spicy food just yet (he is 7 years old) so I make my chili fairly mild for our family. You can adjust the seasonings to make the chili spicier if you like.
I love to serve this chili over brown rice, garnished with some corn chips and served with some roasted vegetables.
Some other toppings might include: diced raw onions, diced fresh tomatoes, roasted corn kernels, diced chili peppers, shredded lettuce & more!
Have fun and be creative with the sides and toppings! This chili would also be delicious served with polenta! Yum!
I hope that you enjoy this recipe & the warmth and comfort it provides.
Trista's Favorite Chili
Makes about 12+ servings
2 pounds grass fed organic beef
1 29-ounce can tomato sauce
1 29-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 29-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1 4-ounce can mild green chilies
1 cup diced onions (or one whole onion, diced)
4 stalks celery, diced
4 medium fresh tomatoes, diced
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1 teaspoon onion salt
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1-2 tablespoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
1 cup water
1. Brown the ground beef in a large pot over medium heat.
2. Drain off any excess fat, but the beef will likely be quite lean.
3. Add all of the remaining ingredients.
4. Cook over medium-high heat until the chili simmers. Turn the heat down to a low simmer.
5. Cook for 2-3 hours, stirring every 15-20 minutes.
6. Take off the stove and let the chili rest for about 15 minutes before serving.
Enjoy and share with a friend that loves chili!!