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Build your own chili

When I was a kid I loved the choose your own adventure books. They were written so that you would get to  certain point in the story and then you would chose where the story would go and depending on your choices you would end up with a different ending to the book. I distinctly remember going back and trying it over and over to see how the book would turn out and then decide which one is my favorite ending.

I have been thinking about chili lately. One of the reasons is this little lady. She looooves chili. So much that she will randomly announce “Man it’s been a while since we had chili around here.” Add on that fall is here. It makes me think about chili even more!! There are so many things you can put into chili to change it a little bit here and a little bit there. I did a lot of chili recipe reading.  And I found a lot of great recipes and adjusted them a bit. They came from Eat, Shrink & Be Merry, Sunday Soup, Soups & Stews, Company’s Coming, and  Dinner and a love show.

Chili two

So I made a little chart.  All of these chilies start out with frying the chopped onions and garlic in some olive oil. You can go straight across and that will make you a great chili. Or you can switch up the veggies and the spices to change it.

Chili Chart.docx

Instructions: Over medium heat, sauté the onion and garlic in the 2 Tbsp of olive oil until the onion turns translucent. Turn the heat up to medium high and brown the meat until it loses its pink color. Add flour, salt, pepper, and chili powder. Get it sizzling so the spices get cooking. If you are adding vegetables add them in. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables have softened and are beginning to turn golden. Then add in the 1 – 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes, liquid and the other spices. Turn down the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, then add the beans if using. Cook for another 5 minutes or until the beans are warmed through. Serve with toppings.

To start out with you can just go straight across and build a chili. And then the next time switch it up a bit and see what you end up with in your pot. Then you can make some cornbread (you can find my favorite recipe here) as regular cornbread or cook it in your waffle maker and eat your chili on top.


Either way you change it up, it’s a kitchen adventure. 😉

Just Rhonda

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