Friday, March 22, 2013

30 before Thirty

{make the perfect pot of chili} √

Chili is one of my **F A V O R I T E** foods! I'm pretty basic when it comes to what I like. Beans. Meat. Tomatoes. Spice. & No Sugar. When I was on the hunt for a good chili recipe, I didn't want something with 25+ ingredients. The fewer the better. I like quick & easy! There's so many different kinds you can make... white chili (yum), spicy chili, veggie chili... I was on the lookout for something hearty & spicy (and we already discussed easy). I found a simple recipe that we tweaked a little until we finally came up with the perfect pot. That's the great thing about chili, you can add things, leave ingredients out, make substitutions... for a beginner cook it's almost impossible to screw up! So don't laugh at the simpleness of our recipe, time after time we've made it, I've loved it!
Spicy Slow Cooked Chili
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pounds sirloin tips
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 onion, chopped diced (per Joe's request)
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped diced (again, per Joe)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • crushed red pepper
  1. Cook meat in large skillet over medium-high heat until ground beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 7 minutes. Drain and discard any excess grease.
  2. In crock pot, combine meat, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, onion, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook on Low for 10 hours, or High for 4 hours.
  3. If you want to add a little kick, add crushed red pepper to your liking about 2 hours into cooking.
  4. Garnish with your favorite toppings. Mine = cheddar cheese & sour cream, with a side of soda crackers. 

visit a state I've never been to
run a 1/2 marathon in under 2 hours
cut hair (short or straight across bangs) 3/4/11
get Joe to organize his mail
take a cooking class
open up an etsy shop
get married ;)
refinish our dining room table fall 2011
camp out in Yellowstone for a week
go fishing for a day
go skiing or snowboarding
make it to the coast 5/26/11
find the perfect pair of black boots 12/17/11
purchase a digital SLR 2/26/11
read a book
run a marathon
learn how to swim tread water
get Joe to try cream cheese
host a girls night
make a scrapbook for myself
learn how to sew... and sew something
take an exercise class with a friend
learn how to knit
s k y d i v e
put together a book of inspiration
make the perfect pot of chili
create a piece of jewelry
find the perfect letter E
throw myself a kickin' 30th birthday party

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