Dinner for the kids last night was hot dogs with chili and it used up the last of my big batch of chili. So this morning, before school started, I commenced to making another big batch of chili so that I can have perfect-sized portions available at all times in the freezer. Chili is one of those things, like soup, stew and pasta sauce, that I never make the same way twice. This time I actually wrote it down, although I totally forgot until just now that I should have taken pictures! I did just now take some after shots.
So here's the latest recipe for Natalie's Homemade Chili
3/4 lb frozen shredded beef (seasoned w/ taco seasoning when first made from a Pikes Peak Roast from Finca Pura Vida back in August)
1/2 lb uncooked ground beef from Finca Pura Vida
1 15 oz can Eden organic black beans
1 15 oz can Eden organic garbanzo beans
1 15 oz can Westbrae organic salad beans
1 15 oz can Natural Value organic refried pinto beans
1 28 oz can Muir Glen organic whole peeled tomatoes (seasoned w/ basil)
1 15 oz can Muir Glen organic fire roasted diced tomatoes w/ green chilies
8 0z Pace organic mild salsa
1/2 c frozen chopped organic celery tops (from Finca Pura Vida Dec 2006)
2 c frozen chopped organic sweet peppers (from Finca Pura Vida July 2007)
1 1/2 lbs frozen chopped organic ayote squash (from FPV Nov 07)
3/4 c fresh minced organic onion greens from the backyard
a boatload of organic cumin powder
a boatload of dried organic oregano
about 3 Tbs of minced garlic
1 1/4 c minced fresh organic cilantro from FPV
NO added salt or pepper
I cooked it on the stove at 4 then 3 then Lo for 2 hours at which point, after giving the kids and myself a taste test, it was determined by Paul to be PERFECT!
Now I have to let it cool off enough so that I can bag it up to chill it down so I can freeze it and store it.
In getting the peppers and shredded beef out of the chest freezer, I noticed that I still had a whole chicken in there so I took that out and it's sitting out thawing for 'I don't know what' for dinner tonight. Maybe I'll make a chicken casserole. Oh, I've got everything to make another King Ranch Casserole so maybe that's what it'll be.
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