It is fitting that we celebrate National Chili Day every year on the fourth Thursday of February since there’s nothing better than enjoying fiery fare during one of winter’s coldest months. According to NationalChiliDay.com U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson was a big chili lover. Johnson is quoted as saying. “One of the first things I do when I get home to Texas is to have a bowl of red. There is simply nothing better.”
Whether we’re talking about the chili that includes meat, the vegetarian version or the many other variations of this deliciously comforting food, chili holds a prominent spot in our culinary hearts and repertoires.
Celebrate National Chili Day today with the official CENTURY 21 Affiliated chili recipe:
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 15 oz. can hot chili beans, undrained
- 1 15 oz. can mild chili beans, undrained
- 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
- 6 oz. water
- Peel and chop the onion and green pepper. Peel and finely chop the garlic.
- In a 3-quart saucepan, cook the beef, onion, green pepper and garlic over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked. Place a strainer or colander in the sink; line with a double thickness of paper towels. Pour the beef mixture into the strainer to drain. Return beef mixture to saucepan; discard paper towels and any juices in the bowl.
- Into the beef, stir the chili powder, cumin, salt, tomatoes with their liquid.
- Stir in the beans with their liquid. Stir in tomato paste and fill the 6 oz. can with water and add to mixture.
- Heat to boiling over high heat. Once mixture is boiling, reduce heat just enough so mixture bubbles gently. Cook uncovered about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until desired thickness.
- Use 1 pound lean ground turkey for the ground beef for chili with 7 grams of fat and 320 calories per serving.
- If you purchase diced tomatos and black beans that also come with additional spice (habanera, mexican, chili, ect.), you can omit the cumin and chili powder.
- Increase the diced tomatoes to 2 cans and add marinara sauce in place of the tomato paste.
- Top with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and/or saltine crackers.
Enjoy! Tell us what you think in the comments below!