Recipe: Quick & Easy Chili

Chili is a great meal to eat during the cold, snowy months among the mountains of West Virginia… or even as a snack during a Mountaineer game on TV. Either way, this recipe will hit the spot and warm you up from the inside out! I got this one from a magazine several years ago (can’t remember which one off the top of my head), but it never gets old! And the best part is: you can whip it up in 20 minutes!

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Quick & Easy Chili
Ingredients:
2 lb. ground beef
2 T chili powder
1 T Creole seasoning*
1 tsp ground cumin
2 (16-oz.) cans diced tomatoes with green pepper & onion
2 (16-oz.) cans red beans
2 (8-oz.) cans tomato sauce
Optional toppings: shredded cheese, sliced green onions, diced tomatoes, crackers

Yield: 8 servings

Directions:
Brown beef in a pot over medium-high heat, stirring often (6 to 8 minutes or until it is crumbly and no longer pink). Drain well. Return to heat and sprinkle with chili powder, Creole seasoning, and cumin, and saute 1 minute.

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Stir in diced tomatoes, red beans, and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Serve with selected toppings.

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Quick & Easy Chili
Ingredients:
2 lb. ground beef
2 T chili powder
1 T Creole seasoning*
1 tsp ground cumin
2 (16-oz.) cans diced tomatoes with green pepper & onion
2 (16-oz.) cans red beans
2 (8-oz.) cans tomato sauce
Optional toppings: shredded cheese, sliced green onions, diced tomatoes, crackers

Yield: 8 servings

Directions:
1. Brown beef in a pot over medium-high heat, stirring often (6 to 8 minutes or until it is crumbly and no longer pink). Drain well. Return to heat and sprinkle with chili powder, Creole seasoning, and cumin, and saute 1 minute.
2. Stir in diced tomatoes, red beans, and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Serve with selected toppings.

*If you can’t find prepared Creole seasoning in your local grocery store, it’s easy to put together a small amount using spices you’ve probably already got on hand: 1 T onion powder, 1 T garlic powder, 1 T dried oregano, 1 T dried basil, 1 T black pepper, 2 1/2 T paprika, 1 1/2 T salt. Put all of the spices in a plastic ziploc bag and shake around to mix. When done using, just store it in the bag for later use!

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