This is a very simple chili recipe but might be the best one I've ever eaten. If you are having a big group over to help trim the tree, whip up a pot of this.
Saute' a large diced onion and 5 diced celery sticks in a few tablespoons of bacon grease and olive oil.
Stir it all together and cook for another minute.
Add 3 tablespoons of granulated garlic.
I use CaBoom as one of my seasonings. You can find this at: www.cajohns.com I usually make my own seasonings but when I am in hurry, I think this is the best.
I also add 2 tablespoons of hot Mexican chili powder.
And some regular chili powder too, about 4 tablespoons.
Mix in all of the spices.
Add a can of crushed tomatoes.
Add 2 cups of tomato juice.
A can of kidney beans.
And a can of black beans. You can use any kinds of beans that you like.
Stir in a good grinding of black pepper. This is about 2 tablespoons.
Add 3 tablespoons of oregano.
Add 2 tablespoons of sugar.
Add some cayenne pepper. Make it as hot as you wish. I used about 1/4 tsp. and it had a slight after burn.
Add 1 tsp. of salt.
Place the pot, covered, in a 325 degree oven for an hour.
Serve it with a bit of rice or just plain. If I had fresh cilantro or parsley, I would have sprinkled it over the top but alas, I was out!
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