It’s cold, it’s windy, it’s Halloween… the perfect day for chili!!! I currently have a delicious pot simmering on the stove. For the past few years it has become our tradition to have chili on Halloween. It started just by chance on a cold Halloween, not unlike the one today. And has evolved into a yearly tradition. I look forward to the day when our kids will be older and their friends will be over each enjoying a warm hearty cup of soup before they venture off into the cold Halloween night air to gather their treats. Aren’t traditions the best? Something to look forward to each year, something special and unique to your own family! I would like to share a favorite chili recipe of mine. I found it a while back and it has become a huge hit in our family. I think I found the recipe from Cooking Light, but have tweaked a little here and there.
2 Bacon Slices
2 cups chopped onion
2 garlic cloves minced
1pd ground turkey
1/2pd ground sirloin
1(12oz can of beer) * Erics favorite ingredient because it ensures a six pack of beer in house;)
3 generous TBSP chili powder
1tsp worcestershire sauce
1/2tsp kosher salt
1/4tsp ground cumin
1 (14.5 oz) can of diced tomatoes, undrained
1(8oz) can, no salt added tomato sauce
1(15oz)can kidney beans
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
Cook bacon in dutch oven on medium heat until browned. Add in onions and cook for 5 minutes. Add in garlic and cook for another minute. Then raise heat to med-high and add in meat, cooking until browned. Add beer and cook until reduced by 1/3 ( about 10 minutes). Stir in chili powder and next 5 ingredients ( through tomato sauce). Cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Then add in beans and cook uncovered for an additional 10 minutes. Then voila, chili is ready! I sprinkle cheddar cheese on top and serve with warm corn bread. Mmm Mmm good! You can also spice it up by adding some red pepper flakes.
Do you have a favorite chili recipe? Please share! I love to try new ones and it seems everyone has one they LOVE. Also, what are some Halloween traditions you do?
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Stay warm tonight:)