Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Southwest Chili



Ahhh.... Tuesday.  Not normally one of my favorite days of the week.  My friend Lauren says it's not Monday but the weekend feels so far away.  She's totally right.  Of course she also says that each day is "over" as soon as we walk out of the door at work.  That makes it not so depressing!

So, I got one of the most exciting emails that I have ever received today!  BlogHer is featuring my Pimento Cheese post on their website!  Here is the link.  I love BlogHer.  It's so empowering seeing all these women writing because they love it!  In my case I'm writing and cooking because I love it.

This blog has actually been a saving grace for my sanity.  It has given me a creative outlet that I wouldn't ordinarily get from my job that pays the bills.  I realize that I'm new and that certain things need to be improved (like my specifics in my recipes as I recently learned from Tasty Kitchen).  I welcome constructive criticism.  The keyword there being "constructive".  I'm not asking for my blog to be overrun with those little internet trolls who have nothing better to do than criticize others.  That must be a terrible existence to be so unhappy with yourself that you bash others to make you feel better.  Ooops.  Look at that.  A small rant.  Sorry about that.

The weather has been unseasonably warm for the past couple of days so of course, I would have chili on my menu this week.  Seriously, I haven't even had to wear a coat and that is saying a lot!  As I understand, this mild weather will be coming to an end in the next couple of days.  Luckily I'll have a bowl of chili to warm me up!

I love chili.  I can eat it year round.  My weirdness is becoming a theme here, isn't it?  I love it with saltines, tortilla chips but mostly peanut butter sandwiches because I'm a 12 year old.  My school always served chili with peanut butter sandwiches and apparently I'm reminded of my childhood when I dip my sandwich in the chili.  Have you ever tried it?  Just try it.  Don't tell me it sounds gross!

Southwest Chili

Ingredients

1 pound Lean Ground Beef
1 large Onion, chopped
4 cups Tomato Juice
1 (28 ounce) can diced Tomatoes
1 (15.25 ounce) can of Black Beans
1 (15.5 ounce) can of Red Kidney Beans
1 (7 ounce) can of chopped Green Chilis
2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
2 teaspoons Chili Powder
1 teaspoon Cumin
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Directions

In a large pot or dutch oven, brown ground beef over medium heat.  Cook for 10 minutes and add the chopped onion.  Cook for about 5 more minutes or until onions are starting to turn translucent.  Reduce heat.

Stir in the tomato juice and diced tomatoes, juice and all.  And the undrained can of black beans, red kidney beans, and green chills.  Finally, add garlic powder, chili powder, cumin and cayenne powder.  Mix well.

Bring to a slow boil over medium heat.  Reduce heat and let simmer for 30-45 minutes.

Serve with grated cheese, sour cream, green onions or tortilla chips.  Or just dip your peanut butter sandwich in it like me!

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