I don't know about you but I am always one for a recipe, I can wing a bit when it comes to baking but as for cooking if I'm flying by the seat of my pants you better have poison control on hold!
I can't tell you how many times I've come up with a "genius" idea for a recipe I found online and throw it together for dinner just to watch Greg graciously choke it down and say: "Oh yeah, it's good...but lets try another recipe"
But the other night after hearing him say he had the taste for chili on multiple occasions. Not like a "hint hint I want chilli" but more of a we go out to lunch he orders then realizes they have chili and he's disappointed he didn't get it. So I finally decided I fix the cure and making him a pot of chili.
My mom has a really simple recipe she uses when the mood strikes her for chili so I called her up and asked for her recipe then headed to the store to go get the ingredients I needed. I discovered that Hunt's came out with a "chili sauce" mix for chilli and I assumed it would have chunks of tomatoes in it so only purchased that as well as a packet of chili seasoning, yellow onion and ground beef (I got the 85/15 mix). I already had the Heinz Chili Sauce and to my luck Red Gold's petite diced tomatoes at home.
I preceded to cut of a quarter of the onion, Gregory had asked for a hearty chunky chili so I kept the onion pieces on the larger size and threw them in while I browned my ground beef.
After draining the grease I thew it in my big sauce pan and opened my Hunt's chili sauce to discover it didn't have chunks of tomatoes but was just exactly what it said "sauce" (I know big DUH!) but luckily I had a can of petite slices tomatoes so I threw those in (don't drain before just pore it in), followed by the chili powder seasoning and then the Heinz's Chili Sauce and about three shakes of paprika.
Yeah, I know what you're thinking... Did I really need ALL those chili seasonings?! But I have to admit after letting it simmer for about a half hour and stir occasionally it was AMAZING! Even Gregory said it was a keeper!
- 16 oz. Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes
- 12 oz. Heinz Chili Sauce
- Chili Seasoning
- 1 lb. Ground Beef
- 1/4 Yellow Onion
- 15 oz. Hunt's Seasoned Diced Tomato Sauce for Chili