Monday, September 30, 2013

The Return of Chili Season!

For the first time in awhile, I actually waited until official Fall to make a big pot of chili.  Usually the first day under 70 degrees, I get excited and go for it, but with all the wedding craziness in the past month, I had lots to distract me.  So imagine my excitement over this delicious chili on the third day of Fall. 

In our house, we make all kinds of chili.  A couple of our favorite (and most frequently made) ones are chicken chilies (like this and this one), but this time I decided to make a good old-fashioned beef chili like both of our mamas always made.  Well, sort of...  I started with a good old-fashioned typical chili base - beef, tomato, beans, onion, and chili powder, but added some Eddie favorites, too.  We have unique tastes in our household, so green/black olives, garden jalapenos, and a little Cajun seasoning were also involved.  All three of us LOVED it!  Here's how Mama makes it for her loves:

Family Favorite Beef Chili
(8 WW pts per 1 c. serving)
- 1 lb. ground beef (5% or less fat)
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 T. minced garlic
- 1 jalapeno, chopped and seeded
- 7 oz. can chopped green chilies
- 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 14.5 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes
- two 15 oz. cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- two 2.25 oz. cans sliced black olives
- 1/3 c. sliced green olives
- 2 c. chicken stock
- 1/4 c. chili powder
- 2 T. Cajun seasoning
- 1 t. cumin
Serving suggestion:  top with small amount of reduced fat shredded cheese (may affect WW pt values)

1.  In a large pot, brown the ground beef over medium heat, breaking up with a spoon until cooked through (about 8 minutes). 
2.  Drain the fat, then add onion and jalapeno and cook until onion is translucent, about 6-8 minutes. 
3.  Add remaining ingredients, stir well until combined.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer on low for about an hour.

forget boiling spices on the stove
this made our house smell AMAZING!

even the littlest Eddie loved it!
(notice how she's using the spoon and the fork
for a more efficient eating experience)

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