Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Best Chili Con Carne Recipe

Chili, simmering on the stove

I suppose, for modesty's sake, I should have named this post, 'My Favorite Chili Recipe.' But, in my opinion, it IS the best. There's nothing in it that gives me a headache or makes my skin feel super-sensitive for the next few days. It's just plain ingredients...and delicious!

I actually made a double batch of the following recipe, which fits nicely in my Martha Stewart 10 Qt. stainless steel pot. I'm not lavish with my praise for Martha, but I'll have to say, that particular pot is the best I've ever seen. It heats evenly and things don't scorch in it! (unless you're really trying.)

Judy's Chili Con Carne Recipe:

In a large pot, brown the following in a couple T. olive oil:

2# fairly-lean ground beef
1 1/2 onion, chopt
4 ribs celery, diced
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
some poblano pepper, seeded and diced (optional, but I had some in the freezer from my garden so I used it)
1 red bell pepper or 1 Carmen pepper, seeded and chopt

After the veggies are tender and the beef is thoroughly browned, add the following:

2 1/2 qt. canned tomatoes, slightly drained (that is about 2 1/2# after partially draining)
3 c. cooked red and black beans*, after draining 
2 T. chili powder
1 T. brown sugar
1 1/2 t. salt (or to taste)
a healthy sprinkle of cayenne pepper

Mix this and let it simmer for a few hours. It is actually best if it is then refrigerated for a day or two before serving.

P.S. When I made this a few weeks ago, I decided to add an extra quart of tomatoes to stretch it - at the last minute. NOT a good idea. It definitely needed to be the original recipe, or if I needed to increase it, to increase everything. There was a reason that I first wrote down the recipe. I have now learned not to alter it.

*About the beans:
I purchase dried beans, both red and black beans. Then, the night before I want to make the chili, I place a cup (or so) of each (red and black) into a large pot of water and let them soak overnight. In the morning, I drain the water off, add 6+ c. of clean water to the pot, and cook the beans for a couple hours BEFORE [rinsing and draining them] and adding them to the chili. Of course you can use canned black and red beans, but you'd be surprised how much cheaper these are and how little effort it takes to prepare them.

Another day, another bowl of chili!

Hope you enjoy this chili recipe. Be sure to let me know if you make it! :-)

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Autumn said...

I think it looks wonderful! May print it and cook a small batch for myself!

Marti said...

Chili is one of my favorite comfort foods. Your recipe is a bit different than mine, so I will pin it and give it a try next time. I always use dry beans. I cook mine in the pressure cooker, and they are done in just a few minutes--good time saver. Have a good day.

Rachel said...

I love me some chili!! I might have to try that recipe sometime. It looks wonderful!!! Yummy!!

Have a great day!!


Anonymous said...

It looks delicious Judy, I haven't had chili con carne in a long time. It's nice to eat on a cold day :)
Have a lovely day! Big hugs x

Unknown said...

That is certainly a great looking pot of chili! You've made me very hungry! It looks delish!

Unknown said...

Steve has been saying that chili sounds good, and it's not a dish I usually make. I'm pinning this recipe to try very soon! P.S. I'm BACK!

Pam said...

Yum! A bowl of that right now would be great on this cold, windy, snowy day! Love your version of chili!

Ruth Kelly said...

It sounds spicy hot. I got some lovely handmade soap in the mail today. Thanks.

Lois Christensen said...

This does sound really good. I have never made chili! And I think I need to! Enjoy your day!

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

It looks and sounds amazing! All those delicious ingredients and the brown sugar got me. I never thought about using dry beans for my chili, but I will next time. I always use dry beans for our ham and bean soup. I really think they're much better than canned and no trouble at all (unless you forget to put them in water the night before!).

Judy S. said...

Sounds perfect for the knid of snowy day we're having!

Carla from The River said...

Hello Judy,
I made your, My Favorite Molasses Cookies last week. The cookies and the baker received praise in church on Sunday. I baked the cookies for the Youth Group, they had a fundraiser for Winter Camp. Mr. Manglos, loved the cookies, he commented about them during annoucments Sunday. Said he could not stop eating them, it was hard on his New Year Resolution!
Thanks for sharing your great recipes. This one looks delicious too!

Denise said...

I love chili.

E @ Act Fast Chef said...

This looks great! I have always made chili with canned beans, but may try dried based on your tips :)

First time visiting your blog! Am off to follow. I hope you can visit me at www.actfastchef.blogspot.com

Yenta Mary said...

This is supremely perfect chili weather, and the chili looks exceptional! Real ingredients - what a concept ... ;) An ideal crockpot meal, ready and waiting when you come home at the end of a long day ....

Unknown said...

I adore chili. I could eat chili and mac and cheese every day of my life and be content. Now if you put the two together... HEAVEN!!! :)

Ashley said...

Thanks for the recipe!!

Mary Sullivan Frasier said...

We love chili but I haven't made it in a long time. Your recipe gives me just the motivation I needed to make a pot!

Newly following from What's Cooking Wednesday. Thanks for the nudge!

Heather McMullin said...

I would love for you to link this recipe up to my Famous Linkz Party! www.made-famous-by.com

Heather aka Made Famous By

Joyce said...

Your recipe looks good. Chili is one of those things that I can eat a lot of different ways. I just shopped today and chili ingredients were on my list. They say we may get snow on Friday-Saturday which makes me crave hot hearty foods like chili.

laurie said...

I think I'll try this...it does sound SO good!

Anonymous said...

I bet this warms one up on a cold night. Looks terrific.

Tiffanee said...

Oh that looks so delicious! I am in need of a good chili recipe and this sounds perfect! Thanks for all the great tips!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

We love chili...especially in the winter months! I always thought I made the best 'Texas' chili but now my hubby makes our chili and I like it even better! New York chili? Doesn't quite have the same ring! heehee! ♥

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just found your blog--love it! As soon as I comment, I'm going to "follow." :o)

Your chili looks great! We eat a lot of chili (family of 10 and cooking on a budget) and I often use deer meat, if we are blessed to have some in the freezer.

Very nice to meet you.

momto8 said...

I am looking to make this for a super bowl party...I never used celery in chlli before..will be a different (healthy!) twist..I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

Unknown said...

Looks SO INCREDIBLY good!!! Thanks LOTS for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity!

XO, Aimee

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