Monday, December 24, 2012

Day 93 - Christmas Eve Chili

Alright, friends.  Today and tomorrow are both going to be "cheating" days here in blogland.  I'm back at my parents' house for the holidays, so I'll be sharing some Christmas favorites!   Christmas Eve in my family tends to be Fiesta day in terms of cuisine...we don't have any set tradition for food today, but we very often have Mexican or South American food.  Just something to contrast with the turkey and dressing on Christmas day.

So, today I share with you my family's favorite chili recipe.  I made it this afternoon and let it simmer all afternoon.  Since there weren't any small children at home this Christmas, we just kicked back with some warm chili and maybe a cold beer.  Or two.  Maybe...

Anyway, this chili is a semi-traditional beef and three bean.  Not too spicy, so if you like some heat I'd add some hot peppers!  You can also add an additional pound of beef if you've got a big crowd or just serious meat eaters.

Beef and Three Bean Chili

2 T olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1  lb ground sirloin
3 T chili powder
1 T sugar
1 T fresh parsley
2 t cumin
1 t paprika
1 t minced garlic
1 t salt
dash cayenne pepper
3 cans tomato sauce
1 c. beer, any kind (or water or broth)
1 can kidney beans, undrained
1 can red beans, undrained
1 can black beans, undrained

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add onion and bell pepper, stirring until softened, about 5 - 10 minutes.   Add in ground beef and brown thoroughly; drain grease.  Sprinkle beef mixture with all spices and continue to cook for a few minutes.  Slowly add in tomato sauce, beer, and beans; stir well.  Let simmer on the stove on low heat for about an hour, stirring occasionally.  Serve hot with tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream, or any other delicious toppings!
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