With Fall right around the corner, I have already started making Chili! This is one of my favorite meals. I love it, because it’s yummy, but it is also one of those meals that I can put together in 30 minutes.
I made chili for some friends in Iowa and they commented that it was really good. “It’s not homemade, but it’s fast and easy,” I told them. They were shocked that it wasn’t homemade. I explained that most of my ingredients came from cans. “Oh, well the only chili I’ve ever made, I just open the can of chili and heat it up!” I thought that was so funny! The thing is my family always made chili from a fresh pot of beans. That is still my favorite way, but for a quick pot of chili, this is my favorite.
Texas Beer Chili
2 pounds ground beef browned with onion
2 (15 oz) cans black beans
2 (15 oz) cans Ranch style beans
1 (10 oz)can Rotel tomatoes
1 (14.5 oz)can diced tomatoes
1 (15oz) can tomato sauce
2 Tablespoons Chili powder
1 teaspoon Oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1 (12 oz) can of beer
I always brown 5-10 pounds of ground beef at a time and then freeze it in one and two pound increments. So that really speeds the cooking process up. I like to fry the ground beef with onion and green pepper if I have it! So while I am thawing the meat in the microwave, I open all the cans and add them to a 4 quart dutch oven. I begin turn the burner on medium and begin heating the bean as I add them. Add all the ingredients and bring to a boil.
For a homemade version make My Best Pot of Mexican Beans and substitute half the recipe for the beans and Rotel tomatoes in this recipe. That is my favorite way!
*The LaughWithUsBlog family has chosen not to drink alcohol, but we do on occasion use it in our cooking! 🙂