Cooking with the Non-Cook: Chili

Memorial Day is coming, and it is just the beginning of fun in the sun. Grilling steaks and smoking ribs are just a few things you can do to add flavor to the summer. Before you crack open a cold one, you can get all fired up with a big good ol' bowl of chili. Chili may be the first thing I ever learned to make on my own. It's simple, it allows you to be creative, and there is something for everyone.

Ingredients & Supplies

  1. 1 lb. ground beef

  2. 2 Cans Stewed Tomatoes (14 oz)

  3. 3. 1-1 1/2 can tomato juice (14 oz)

  4. 1 Onion

  5. 1 Green Pepper

  6. 14 oz. can Kidney Beans

  7. 1 can Chili Beans

  8. Chili Powder

  9. Hot Sauce

  10. Skillet

  11. Stock Pot (12 qt)

Steps

  1. First, you will need to brown your hamburger. I tried to get a good measurement for all of the ingredients, but it always depends on whom I'm making it for. A pound is a good starting point for the list above, but feel free to go as bold as possible. Put it all in a skillet and get it started while you prep your other ingredients.

  2. In the stock pot, you will want to add all of the tomatoes. The juice and stewed tomatoes will need to go in for a bit before your ingredients to thicken. Add a few splashes of hot sauce and about 2 tablespoons of chili powder. If you want it to be bolder, use Sriracha and a lot of chili powder. If not, you can always just sprinkle a tad of powder for flavor and call it a day.

  3. Third, it's time for the beans. Add your kidney and chili beans, and if you need more black beans are also a great addition. Also, using dark and light kidney beans brings some variety and visual layers to your dish.

  4. Now it's time to add the meat and veggies. Throw in the cooked hamburger, green pepper, and onion. Depending on the pickiness of your crowd, you may want to chunk up the peppers and onions big enough to pick out. My father picks out his veggies, so I always make sure they are chunked up nice and big if he is enjoying a bowl of my chili. Even if you don't like these veggies, letting them cook in the stew will give your chili a wonderful flavor.

  5. Let this mixture simmer on low all day.

  6. Enjoy

Enjoy a nice family meal or have a cook-off with your closest friends. The world is your oyster, or bowl of chili.