Saturday, November 3, 2012

Quick Beef Chili

I am a sucker for really good homemade chili. Not the kind you eat with a spoon, but the chili you put on hotdogs, burgers, fries, etc. The beefy mixture that makes so many quick and easy dinners just a little more special. This is a version of my go to homemade chili.

1 Pound Ground Chuck
1 Medium Yellow Onion, chopped
2 Small Garlic Cloves or 1 Large Clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/8 teaspoon Dried Mustard
1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder
1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/8 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
3 Tablespoons Ketchup
1 Tablespoon Spicy Brown Mustard
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire
1 Tablespoon Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce

1. Brown your meat with the chopped onion and minced garlic over medium heat for 10 minutes. During the cooking, make sure to use a spoon to continually break down the meat. We are looking for very small clumps of meat for the chili.
2. Add the spices to the pan --- salt, dried mustard, black pepper, cayenne, chili powder --- and cook for 2 minutes while stirring.
3. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
4. Reduce the heat to low.
5. Cover and simmer for 1 hour (minimum). The longer you let it go (up to 1 hour 30 minutes) the better; just make sure to check it periodically and stir.
6. Serve atop hotdogs and burgers or with cheese fries or a baked potato.

Note: Leftover chili freezes very well in a freezer safe container. 

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