This recipe can be customized to varying degrees of spiciness, this basic recipe serves as a jumping off place for experimentation. If for example you're crazy about green bell peppers, add them, or perhaps jalapeno for tongue fire.
1lb. ground beef 15 % fat
1 lb ground turkey (if you want lean) otherwise use pork.
1 can mild roasted peppers with onion( Rotel or Hunts are good)
1 large can of chili sauce - in Mexican section of supermarket
2 large cans kidney beans
1 large can of diced tomatoes (or 2 regular)
2 medium onions chopped
2-3 stalks celery chopped fine
1/4 cup olive oil or other healthy oil
1 rounded tbsp mild chili powder
1-2 tsp cumin
1 rounded tbsp sugar
1/4 -1/2 tsp black pepper
1/3 cup soy sauce or bullion cube with 1/2 cup H2o
Salt to taste, but remember the soy sauce is salty.
-Brown ground meat in the oil on med. high, in at least a six quart stock pot or other big pot.
-Add the onion and celery after the meat changes color. Then add the diced tomatoes. Wait five minutes for tomatoes to break down a bit, then add the chili sauce. Wait until this heats up, then add your spices, sugar and soy sauce.
-Simmer on low for at least an hour. More is best.
-Do NOT add the kidney beans until the last ten minutes!
-Serves 8 at least - serve in ceramic bowls with shredded cheddar or Mexican Queso blanco.
-I like to have a salad with fruit in it ( apple, tangerines, or grapes) to cool the mouth. Also, you can serve the chili with warm corn tortillas or crumble some tortilla chips on top with the cheese for a decadent indulgence!
-Remember you can add what you want. Carrots, cilantro, different bean types, or more or less of any ingredient. Have a good time cooking!