Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ultimate Game Day Chili Bar

Your basic ingredients
It appears that this 2013 post dissapeared from this blog. I received an email request that I repost it again. Since Chicago is a sports city, there is always a need for a "Game Day Chili Bar." Enjoy!    
Before you can build an "Ultimate Game Day Chili Bar" you have to have a great recipe for homemade chili. My Mom had a simple chili recipe using canned Brooks brand "Chili Hot Beans." The beans are already spiced. It is really a very simple chili to make. How you make it depends on your taste.
Browned Ground Beef, Green Pepper and Onions
1-1/2 lbs. ground beef                            
1 small onion chopped fine                   
1 large can (28 oz.) crushed or diced tomatoes   
2 large (15 oz.) cans tomato sauce
2-4 cans (12-15 oz.) Brook's Chili Hot beans (to your taste)
1/4 small green Pepper diced
to taste Kosher salt & cracked black pepper
to taste Chili Powder
to taste Cumin 
Open tomatoes and beans
In a large skillet brown the beef. Add the onions and green pepper (optional), salt and pepper. Cook until the meat is browned. Drain off most of the grease from the beef. Add the green pepper and onions and cook until tender.
Add tomatoes and seasonings
Add the crushed or diced tomatoes and tomato sauce to the beef onion and green pepper mixture. Salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for about 1 hour and then add the Brooks Chili Hot Beans and continue cooking for 1/2 hour more.
NOTE: The amount of chili powder and cumin that you add will have a great effect on the final chili taste. Use caution and taste often when adding these ingredients. 
May the best team win
To make a really great chili bar you need chili and toppings. Serve chili with bowls of shredded cheese, minced onions or scallions, Frito scoops, oyster crackers, chopped tomatoes, French fries for chili cheese fries, and plenty of hot sauce. 

© TMelle 2013

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