Saturday, March 30, 2013

2AM Chili

Going to college means meeting new people, my husband met a young man named Austin in his American Sign Language class at the beginning of the school year. I was given the opportunity to meet him over our Spring Break this past week and a half and he introduced me to a new chili that he likes to make.  I have to say its a very good chili even though we had to improvise a few spices because surprisingly enough I was out of a few of them.  Who runs out of chili powder? Apparently me.

This chili recipe comes with some very comical directions that made me bust up laughing.  I have to say if the writer ever made a cookbook I would be the first one in line to buy it just to see if his cookbook was as hilarious as his blog. To view this hilarious blog head on over to Cooking Comically.

When you make this chili make sure you have a small army to feed or plan on eating it for a day or two as it makes a LOT, my soup pot was full to the brim! For my personal serving I left out the oyster crackers and added a teaspoon of sugar and some cheddar cheese.

2AM Chili


The Base:
1 large can of tomato sauce
1 normal can of tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2-3/4 green bell pepper, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 vidalia (sweet) onion, chopped
1.5 lbs ground beef
1 or 2 cans of light red kidney beans
1 can of green beans
1 can of corn
Brown sugar
Cooking oil of your choice (recipe called for coconut oil)

1 shot of beer

The Seasoning:
All purpose flour
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Ground Red Pepper (cayenne)
Chili Powder
Ground Cumin
Ground Black Pepper

Toppings (optional, but recommended):
Oyster crackers/Mini saltines
Shredded Sharp Cheddar


1. Mix together the seasoning in a container and set aside. Chop up the bell pepper, onion and garlic, set aside.
2. In a skillet brown the hamburger. While the hamburger is browning, Pour the contents of your cans into a large soup pot, being sure to drain the beans and the corn. Drain meat and add it to the pot as well.
3. Saute the bell pepper, onion and garlic in chosen cooking oil.  When Onions are translucent add the vegetables to the pot.
4. Add the seasoning to the pot, a few large pinches of brown sugar and a shot (or more ;) ) of beer.
5. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for a few hours, stirring occasionally.
6. Serve with crackers, cheese and sour cream if desired.

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