Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Chili con Carne!

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Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Chili con Carne

This week, it is wicked cold outside. I’m spending MLK Day/ the Inauguration* in bed under many blankets, battling what I hope is just a cold and not the flu (*knock on wood*). What better to make then than chili? A hearty, warm, spicy chili with sour cream and cheese on top… comfort food at it’s best. (*Happy Inauguration Day!)

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Chili con Carne

Plus, I would like to note that I improvised this recipe (both reading a lot of chili recipes to get a sense, but also using ingredients I had around my house). It was a good experiment in creating a dish from scratch and not relying on recipes, one that I succeeded in, and I should trust my instincts in the future (though how hard is it to mess up chili?!). I think the beauty of a dish like this is you can add whatever you want!

Chili Con Carne

In a large skillet, brown ground beer and sausage. Transfer to a large pot.

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Chili con Carne

Sauté the onion and peppers and transfer to the pot. Add the tomatoes, paste, sauce and beans. Add seasonings depending on preference.

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Chili con Carne

Cover and simmer for 1 to 1½ hours, stirring frequently.

Chili con Carne!
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 Italian sausages, uncased
  • 3 bell peppers (orange, yellow, red), chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 can (15 oz) red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, brown ground beer and sausage. Transfer to a large pot.
  2. Saute the onion and peppers and transfer to the pot.
  3. Add the tomatoes, paste, sauce and beans. Add seasonings depending on preference.
  4. Cover and simmer for 1 to 1½ hours, stirring frequently.
 

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