Fall is officially here and that makes me extremely excited because: FALL FOODS. Fall foods include things like soups, stews, casseroles, and pasta. Polenta, risotto, and roasts also make the fall foods list.
One of my favorite things to make when it starts to get chilly is chili. When you type "chili recipe" into google you get over 8 million results. That means two things: 1. Human beings love chili and 2. You better have a good chili recipe on hand because if you don't, sorting through all those recipes will take a whole lot of time.
Luckily, I have a scrumptious chili recipe for all you chili loving human beings and I'm going to share it with you just in time for the chilly fall weather.
3 slices of bacon
1 medium red or yellow onion
3 cloves of garlic
1 1/2 lbs of ground beef
2 tablespoons of cumin
1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
3/4 cup of chili powder/seasoning (I ALWAYS use Williams. It has wonderful flavor but not a ton of spice)
2 tablespoons of your favorite BBQ sauce (I love Blues Hog)
6 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon to taste of hot sauce (I love Crystal hot sauce)
1 14.5 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes
1 14.5 oz can of beef broth
Yields: 4 large bowls
In a stock pot or large soup pot, add 1 onion chopped and the bacon, chopped.
Let cook for about 8-10 minutes until bacon had browned and onions are translucent. Add the garlic.
Brown the beef. I always brown the beef in a separate pan, then add it to the pot so that I can drain some of the fat from the ground beef. You can brown the beef directly in the same pot if you prefer. Either way, the beef needs to end up in the same pot as the bacon, onions, and garlic.
Next, add all the spices, then the BBQ, Worcestershire, hot sauce, beef broth, and fire roasted tomatoes. Do not drain the fire roasted tomatoes. Let simmer on the stove for at least 30 minutes.
The chili can sit on low heat for up to four hours. Top with your favorite toppings and serve with cornbread (that is what I always serve chili with. I just use a boxed mix).
On the next chilly fall evening, you will be all set to warm up with this chili recipe.