A Hearty Chili (Recipe)

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas right? Well, everything but the food! One night after a leisurely stroll exploring the main strip of Vegas, my friends and I went to grab a bite. I was craving something salty, so I ordered a bowl of chili that came with a side of tortilla chips. Let’s just say I was satisfied!

IMG_2610 - Serendipity II Chili

Chili isn’t a very difficult dish to make nor is it very expensive. All it requires is either a slow cooker or several hours on the stove (if you want it extra tasty!) and a few ingredients. It’s a hearty meal and you can eat it on its own, with tortilla chips (like above), serve it on top of a nacho platter with all the fixings or even make a chili poutine. Inspired by my trip to Vegas, I came up with this recipe to make a big pot of chili. It’s enough to feed 8 people or have plenty of leftovers to use in other dishes. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 small onions, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium red pepper, diced
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 2 tsbp tomato paste
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 5 small button mushrooms, sliced
  • 5 tbsp chili powder
  • 5 tbsp cumin
  • 3 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Cook the ground beef until it’s no longer pink. Drain excess oil and set aside.

Put a pot on the stove and turn the heat on medium-high. Add the oil and when it’s hot enough, add the onions and cook until they have caramelized. Then, add the garlic and peppers and cook until they are softened to your liking.

Add the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, mushrooms and spices. Mix well and bring to a boil before turning it down to simmer.

Simmer for at least 20 minutes, but the longer you simmer the more flavourful your chili will be. If you like a thicker chili, take the lid off to allow some of the liquid to evaporate and stir occasionally.

And there you have it. A nice big pot of chili ready for you to eat or prepare with other dishes. If you want to add more to it, you can top it off with shredded cheese, sour cream and scallions. Yum yum! 🙂

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