According to Wikipedia: Chili con carne, (chili with meat), more commonly known in American English as simply “chili”, is a spicy stew containing chili peppers, meat (usually beef), tomatoes and often beans. Other seasonings may include garlic, onions, and cumin. Variations, both geographic and personal, may involve different types of meat, as well as a variety of other ingredients. Although there are no beans in a true Texas style chili, I like to add some beans, but not too much! You can create a chili with many ingredients that you have on hand… I did just that and it was delicious!
2 lbs. Ground Beef
2 lbs. Ground Turkey
1 pkg. Pork breakfast Sausage
1 pkg. Brats, removed from skins
2 Large Onions, chopped
3 Celery Stocks, chopped
3 Green Peppers, pureed
2 Jalapeno Peppers, pureed
1 Red Pepper, pureed
6 Cups Fresh tomatoes, pureed
1/2 Cup Chili Powder
1/3 Cup Sweet Paprika
1/3 Cup Cumin, ground
1/2 Cup Fresh Oregano, chopped
1 Pint Salsa, pureed
2 10 oz. cans petite diced Tomatoes with Chili’s
1 14 oz. can diced Tomatoes
1 16 oz. can Tomato Sauce
1 6 oz. can Tomato Paste
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
10 Garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 Cup Worcestershire Sauce
2 1.25 packets Chili Seasoning
2 15 oz. cans of Great Northern White Beans, drained
1 15 oz. Can Light Kidney Beans, drained
Place the onions and ground meats in a large pot. Cook over medium heat until browned. Add the garlic and cook an additional two minutes or so. I like to use my Pampered Chef Mix ‘n Chop tool to really break up the meat! Drain off the excess fat.
Chop the peppers in a food processor, and then add them along with the celery into the cooked meat. Cook for about five minutes until they begin to become soft. Puree the tomatoes and pour them along with the canned tomatoes, sauces and paste. Next add the remaining other ingredients, except the beans into the pan.
Add the herbs and spices and season to taste.
Stir together well, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for at least an hour stirring occasionally. If the mixture becomes overly dry, add a small amount of water, or tomato juice, salsa, etc. as needed.
Add the beans and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
Serve with shredded cheddar, sour cream, chopped onions, tortilla or corn chip, or lime wedges. Whatever you prefer!