Sunday, December 23, 2012

~Beef & Pork Chili~

I have been craving chili lately so this weekend I decided to make some.  The recipe I used is super easy and so yummy.  It smelled amazing while cooking and is also budget friendly.  Perfect for a crowd!

Chili (8-10 2 cup servings):
1.5 lbs  85/15 Lean Ground Beef
3/4 lb  Extra-Lean Ground Pork
1  Medium Yellow Onion
2  Celery Stalks
3  Medium Green Bell Peppers
4  Cloves Fresh Garlic
1 pkg  McCormick Chili Seasoning
1 can  Stewed Tomatoes 
1 can  Red Kidney Beans (drained)
1 can  Ranch Style Beans (un-drained)
1 can  Tomato Sauce
1 can  Rotel Tomatoes and  Green Chili Peppers
1 tsp  Crushed Red Chili Peppers (optional)
2 Tbs  Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Black Pepper


Pre-heat heavy bottomed stock pot or large dutch oven on medium high heat.  Pour in olive oil.  Add ground beef and ground pork.  Brown meat until just a little pink remains.  Add onions to meat.  Cook until soft, stirring frequently.  Add chopped bell peppers, celery and stewed tomatoes. 

Cook 5-10 minutes until all vegetables soft, stirring frequently.  Add minced garlic and canned Rotel tomatoes with chilies.  Cook additional minute.  

 Add Chili seasoning, tomato sauce, kidney beans (drained) and ranch style beans (UN-drained).  Add crushed chili peppers (if you like a kick to your chili). 

Cook for 10-15 minutes on medium high heat (should be a medium boil), stirring frequently and then reduce heat to low.  Simmer on low heat for 3-6 hours.  Once done add sea salt and black pepper to taste.  

Garnish with shredded cheese, diced white onions, diced avocado and some chopped fresh cilantro.  
Serve over rice, potatoes, hot dogs or just on it's own and ENJOY!
Cost Breakdown:
$5.83  1.46 lbs Lean Ground Beef 85/15
$3.99  1 lb Exta Lean Farmers John Ground Pork
$0.59  Yellow Onion (1)
$0.25  Celery (2 stalks)
$2.40  Bell Pepper (3 @ $0.79 each)
$0.25  Garlic Cloves (4)
$1.25  1 pkg McCormick Chili Seasoning
$1.39  1 can Contadina Tomato Sauce
$1.39  1 can Del Monte Stewed Tomatoes
$0.99  1 can SW Red Kidney Beans
$0.99  1 can Ranch Style Beans
$1.25  1 can Rotel Tomatoes and Chiles
Total= $20.57 /10 servings =$2.05 per serving

What cravings are you having this winter?  Do you have a favorite chili recipe?  Be sure to check back for more soup and stew recipes coming soon.

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