Monday, November 15, 2010

Lone Star Chili

One of my favorite things about winter time is eating a hot steaming bowl of homemade chili! 

I hope you are ready for a fun and warm recipe this Monday morning!

Gary is the chili cook in our house; we have been married for over 10 years...every year his chili recipe just gets better and better!

I think the pot we cook it in has a huge influence on how the chili turns out.  We use this old pot.  It was Gary's moms.  She made many a roast in this fun ole pot, but we are using it for chili!

 I am sharing our chili recipe with you today!!!

What you need:

2 1/2 lb ground beef 
4 (8oz) cans of tomato sauce
1 can rotel
1 medium yellow onion
2 Tbs minced garlic
2 1/2 Tbs chili powder
1 1/2 Tbs cumin
1 Tbs black pepper
1 Tbs salt
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 sleeve of Ritz crackers (crushed into almost a powder)

What to do:

Brown the meat, but do not overcook and break up the meat as finely as possible.
Take off heat and place in chili pot DO NOT DRAIN the grease.
In the same skillet saute finely chopped yellow onion until soft.
Add minced garlic to the pan and saute with onion for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and add to chili pot.
Pour in 4 cans of tomato sauce and one can of rotel.
Add all spices and bring to a boil while stirring constantly.
Reduce heat to a simmer and cover.
After one hour the grease will rise to the top of the pot.
Do not panic...add the crackers to the pot.  Stir every 20 minutes.
Let simmer for 2 1/2 hours.

The key to really good chili is letting it sit. Let it simmer and let the flavors mingle together!!

I love my chili with Frito's and cheese. Gary adds jalapenos to his.  He likes it hot!

What do you put in your chili?  Crackers on top? Cornbread? Sour cream?


Kelli W said...

Yummy! The crackers are a different addition though...I will have to try that sometime!

Shannon said...

Nothing better than chili...yum! And You're just like me the hotter the better, love adding jalapenos and cheddar! So good! Can't wait to try your recipe!

Kelli said...

Your food (and Gary's) never fails to look delicious. I'm going to have to try this because I love chili.

shortmama said...

I bet the Ritz in there is great!

Elaine said...

MMMMMM chili! It is chili weather for sure. Mom has a pot like that except her is more oval-THE BEST ROAST PAN. I sure wish I could find one at a garage sale, but I guess I'd have to go to one first!

GirlSunday said...

I love chili, but for some reason really suck at making it. I'll have to give this one a try. Wish me luck!

Laura@The Oily Cupboard said...

ok i'm always looking for chili recipes..hubs loves mine but change is always good too! im a fritos and cheese girl myself too!

thanks for sharing friend!!!

jennykate77 said...

That sounds SOOOOO good!! I've never heard of putting the crackers IN the chili! I love mine with Fritos and cheese too!! I'll have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I had to look up rotel, I've never seen or heard of it before. No beans?, sounds like my kind of chili!

Kelley said...

I am making this right now and it already tastes amazing!