Dinner Recipe – last updated march 2023
Few dishes are as comforting as a steaming bowl of homemade chili. Whether you’re warming up on a chilly night or feeding a crowd at a backyard barbecue, chili is a versatile and delicious meal that never disappoints. With just a few basic ingredients, you can create a hearty and savory chili that will fill your belly and warm your soul. And for those who like to get creative in the kitchen, chili is the perfect canvas for experimenting with different spices, meats, and toppings. So get ready to take your taste buds on a flavor adventure, and let’s dive into the world of homemade chili!
To make chili from scratch, you’ll need a big pot and a few key ingredients. Start by browning some onions and ground beef to create a flavorful base. Then mix in your favorite spices and add all the remaining ingredients. Let it simmer on the stove until it reaches the perfect consistency.
Onion: Begin by dicing a medium-sized yellow onion.
Meat: For the meat, choose lean ground beef and remember to drain the excess fat once it’s cooked. If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding sausage meat to elevate the flavor.
Seasoning mix: To create the perfect seasoning mix, combine chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Don’t be afraid to adjust the spice level to your liking.
Tomato paste: A small can of tomato paste to make the tomato sauce.
Beef broth: Don’t hesitate to swap beef broth for chicken stock if desired.
Diced tomatoes: Canned diced or crushed tomatoes (14.5 oz) work great, or you can use 5 crushed fresh tomatoes and 1/2 cup of water.
Beans: Lastly, add a can of kidney beans (19 oz) to the mix. Be sure to rinse the beans thoroughly and for extra flavor, try roasting them in a drizzle of oil on medium heat before adding them to the recipe. If you’re not a fan of kidney beans, you can also use pinto or black beans to make your chili.
If you’re a fan of classic chili, why not take it up a notch and make it even more interesting? Elevate your dish by experimenting with special ingredients, toppings, or side dishes. The key to making a perfect chili is to use bold, flavorful ingredients that complement each other, so don’t be afraid to get creative and find the perfect combination that suits your taste buds.
Elevate your chili game by experimenting with unique ingredients and flavor combinations. Make your chili stand out from the crowd with a special ingredient that showcases your personal taste.
With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating a one-of-a-kind chili that’s sure to impress.
Wondering how to make chili less spicy? Incorporate toppings like sour cream, cheese, or guacamole to balance out the spices with their creamy texture.
When it comes to serving chili, the options for side dishes are endless. A classic option is to serve cornbread, either baked in a skillet or in muffin form. You can also go for a classic side salad, such as a Caesar or coleslaw, to balance out the heartiness of the chili. Another option is to serve rice or quinoa, which can help to soak up any extra liquid in the chili and create a filling meal. Finally, you can also consider serving chili with potato skins, roasted veggies, grilled corn or sweet potatoes. No matter what side dish you choose, it’s sure to complement the bold flavors of the chili and make for a satisfying meal.
Chili can last for up to 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator when stored in an airtight container.
To extend its shelf life, you can freeze chili for up to 3 to 4 months. When freezing chili, make sure to let it cool down completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container. When reheating frozen chili, it’s best to let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating it on the stovetop or in the microwave.
If you are wondering what to do with the leftovers, you can make a chili dog, chili nachos or a chili burger.