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last cold day–chili

It’s cold outside.  We’re having a bona fide Sunday afternoon rest time.  It’s the first day in days we haven’t painted, nailed, or spent the morning blazing a trail through Home Depot.  Ed put the last log on for a fire and I’m making chili.

Of course, we eat chili with beans.

Here is the recipe:

1 chopped onion

a couple cloves garlic, minced

1 green pepper, chopped

chili powder, salt and pepper, and cumin if you have it

1 lb. hamburger

4 cans of beans in varying shades of red happiness, just rinse off the corn syrup

1 28 oz. can  tomatoes (I use the crushed tomatoes at our house because of the tomato-phobes)

Get out your medium big pot–just the dutch oven, not the 12 quart one the kids use as a dolly diving pool.  Brown up your hamburger, onions, garlic and green pepper.  Add in chili powder, salt and pepper to taste.  When the hamburger is browned and the onions are tender, pour in the tomatoes and beans.  Add water if needed.  Simmer until the kids start begging for supper.  Serve with cheddar cheese!

Here is how you save money on this recipe:  Don’t buy those “Chili Seasoning” PACKETS. Look at the ingredients lists on those things!  It’s just chili powder (which is in itself a conglomeration of spices, salt and garlic) plus more salt and garlic and usually SUGAR and MSG.  It’s a MARKETING PLOY!  Be strong, friend,  just get chili powder and add cumin.

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