to kick off yet another fall, and this cooler weather, I decided to do a recipe that my mother used to do in colder months!!! it’s called “chilli beans”…around here (the south), the hubs THINKS I’m making YANKEE CHILLI because my mom is from the north…but I tell him, in my nicest condescending voice, “babe…..it’s NOT chilli….it’s chilli beans….
THERE IS a difference!!!!!!” poor fellow, to this day, STILL doesn’t “get it”!!!!!! but anyway…this is and EASY alternative to chilli…chilli takes HOURS AND HOURS to cook, this only takes a short while, and it’s versitile..you can add your own “spin” on it and it will work perfectly!!!! so here goes…ENJOY!!!!!!
1lb ground beef (NOT chilli meat)
1 large pot of pinto beans, cooked
1 large onion chopped
2-3 TBSP chilli powder (more or less depending on YOUR taste)
garlic salt, salt, pepper, paprika TO TASTE
1 8oz can tomato sauce
“squirt” of ketchup
have pot of beans simmering on low (i make my beans over the weekend then freeze them…thaw them out in microwave the nite I’m gonna use them). in a skillet, brown ground beef with chopped onion. *DO NOT DRAIN GREASE* push all meat to the side and IN THE GREASE place all seasonings to make a “rue”…..then stir in with meat and pour into beans. pour in tomato sauce, and squirt of ketchup. simmer on low/med heat until bubbly and all flavors has had time to blend, about 1 hour. taste and add more IF NEEDED. i make this dish with cornbread or corn muffins on the side and grated cheddar on top!!! IT’S AMAZING ON A COLD WINTER NITE!!