This is my Go-To Chili recipe and what my kids think of when they crave chili. I have been working on it for many years and it is really still a work in progress because I do still change it up a bit from time to time. At this point I have to say it is excellent though.
At our house we always serve chili (homemade or out of a can) over rice in a big soup bowl. There is a bit of a story there. Many, many, many (you get the point) years ago, back when I was a young bride we had some very dear friends that dropped by one day. As dinner time neared they were invited to stay to eat (without consulting me as to whether this would be in the cards) and I went into a slight panic mode. You see, I had planned chili for dinner and there really was only enough for 2 not nearly enough for 4. EEK! What to do?? I started going through the meager supplies in my cabinets and found a box of rice. Aha, I thought rice will stretch almost any meal. So I made up a nice big batch of rice, we filled our bowls with the rice first, topped it with the chili and then some toppings to garnish and a new family favorite was born. Now according to all 4 of my kids if there isn’t rice under it, it just isn’t chili!
You will find this to be a fairly mild chili, at least by many standards and yes, I have beans in there. I know, real chili isn’t supposed to have beans but I like them there.
You can top this with your favorite toppings, I have suggested our favorites but anything goes. This recipe multiplies easily and makes for a great inexpensive dish to entertain with. Just increase everything in proportion and taste as you go to adjust.
Family Favorite Chili
1 pound lean ground beef
2 medium onions, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon chili powder (your favorite brand)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon dry oregano
½ cup red wine
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
½ cup water
1 (15-16 once) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
In a large pan (soup pot or dutch oven) combine the meat, onion, garlic, jalapeno, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and cook over medium heat until meat is cooked through and veggies are tender.
Add cocoa powder and dry oregano and stir to combine. Add red wine and stir up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook until the liquid is almost all gone.
Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, and water bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer for at least 2 hours, 3 is better.
Add the canned beans and cook covered for 20 minutes to heat through.
Serve over in bowls over rice and topped with sour cream, shredded cheese, sliced green onions and chopped cilantro.