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Summer time is usually not Chili time, but I have been making this Chili and it's soooo good. And although you wouldn't immediately think of Chili as healthy, with the amount of beans and fiber you end up being full from a very small portion, which is always a plus.
I started out using the Jamie Dean (Paula Dean's son) recipe that is posted on foodnetwork.com. Through trial and tweaking, I have found my perfect Chili recipe. Make it and enjoy!
1.5 pound mixed ground beef and sausage, browned and drained (I like Jimmy Deans hot sausage in the tube, I use 1pd ground beef and then half the tube of sausage because I like it meaty)
1 medium onion, diced
1 green bell pepper diced
2 cups chopped celery
2 (28-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
2 (12-ounce) cans diced tomato w/jalepeno (I like the el pato brand or one of the Mexican brands)
Ground cumin (this is supposed to be to taste, I usually use 3-4 tablespoons
Chili powder (same as above)
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 package chili seasoning mix
(I usually fill up one empty 28 ounce tomato can with water and add)
Shredded cheddar, sour cream, chopped green onions, for garnish
In a skillet brown ground beef and sausage, drain and set aside.
Spray large pot with nonstick cooking spray (I usually use olive oil) and heat over medium heat. Add the onion, green pepper, and celery and saute briefly. Stir in the diced tomatoes. Add cumin and chili powder, to taste, and cook for about 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add the beans, browned meat, and chili seasoning. Partially cover, and let simmer for 4 hours.
Serve with Cheddar cheese, sour cream, and green onions.(OK - this is the optional part that can take this from being a healthy dish to a NOT so healthy dish. When I'm being bad I add the cheese, sour cream AND Fritos!!!! So good, but really it's good Chili on it's own and much healthier without the added 300-400 calories of toppings).