Chili con carne, often referred to simply as chili by some people, is a spicy stew containing chili peppers, meat (usually beef) and often tomatoes and beans. Seasonings, including garlic, onions, and cumin, may be added to up the flavor.
Chili is best loved for its full flavor and versatility and is great for serving a crowd or for a warm feel on a cold day. Chili is one of those recipes that belong on a must-make list. Here is how to make and master basic chili.
Types of chili: Although the classic version of chili is delicious and preferred by many, there are ample variations that can give the traditional recipe a fun twist. For instance, if you have any chicken leftovers, then why not go for white chicken chili? The white chicken chili recipe includes cannellini beans and spices, and tastes great when topped with shredded cheese, tortilla chips, chopped green onions, diced tomatoes, chopped fresh cilantro, sliced avocado and sour cream. The best part of preparing chili is that you can add whatever ingredients and flavors you love.
How to enjoy chili: Chili is great for a weeknight dinner (plus, it makes great leftovers!) and it works for a get-together, too. A clever idea for a party is to make a chili bar: have as many variations of chili as you would like ready for your guests. Set up bowls full of toppings so everyone can customize their own chili. Some of the chili-ready toppings include shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, sliced avocados, diced red onion, chopped fresh cilantro, tortilla chips, chopped green onions and lime wedges.
Methods for preparing chili: Chili can be prepared on the stove top, in a skillet, or in a slow cooker. A no-fuss chili with minimal cleanup can be made in a skillet or a one-pot recipe for the stovetop, but using the slow cooker makes for easy dinner preparations and gives the house a delicious savory smell. Because of its versatility, many different kinds of chili can be made in different ways: whether you are preparing chicken chili, family-favorite chili, or even chili-stuffed sweet potatoes, there is a version for both your stovetop and your slow cooker.
Chili con Carne:
½ kg ground beef
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp chili powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano leaves
1 tsp unsweetened baking cocoa
½ tsp red pepper sauce
2 cups organic diced tomatoes (canned), un-drained
1 can red kidney beans, un-drained
Directions: In a 3-liter saucepan, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium-high heat (8 minutes), stirring occasionally, until beef is brown and then drain.
Stir in the remaining ingredients except for beans. Heat on high until it starts boiling before reducing the flame. Then cover and simmer (one hour), stirring occasionally.
Stir in the beans. Once again heat until it starts boiling. Reduce the flame to low; simmer uncovered (20 minutes), stirring occasionally until desired thickness is achieved.