Chili is so delicious. I love chili. When I was younger my stepmother made vegetarian chili. Then I married my husband and she made THEE best Chili ever. So, I had to learn how to make it. Especially since my husband loves it.
It’s best on rainy evenings or during the winter, because it is so hearty. I took some to work on a rainy day and my team thought it was the best thing ever. It was the perfect day for this to be in the potluck dishes. One of me team members asked “Do you make homemade chili?” I thought to myself “that doesn’t taste store bought right?” lol! That would have been rude though. So I told her it was homemade and would love to tell her how to make really good chili, if she wanted to know how.
I figured, if I was going to tell her, I should share it with everyone.
Best Chili Bean Recipe Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need;
2 cans of pinto beans (I like Sun Vista) I also use the tall cans. Just because there are 4 of us. You can adjust the measurements depending on how many people you are cooking for.
1lb ground beef
1 smoked chicken sausage link
1 chili brick (I use the Xlnt brand)
1 spoonful of minced garlic
1 onion (chopped)
As you can see, this recipe is not using dry beans. That’s why its called the Simple chili bean recipe. This is the quicker way to make this dish. You can go through the process of rinsing your beans and cooking the dry beans. But for me that usually isn’t good for me timing wise, so I usually do it the easy.
I think actually, I attempted to do it with dry beans and gave up. I remember throwing the beans out and going to the store to purchase the canned beans I knew it was going to take way too long and I had to pick up the kids soon so, it wasn’t going to work.
The set up
I start by putting the beans in a pot between low and medium. I let those cook while I am making everything else. Then I chop the onions. I also slice the sausage. For the sausage, you can either do slices or half slices. It’s up to you. I like just slices.
It’s time to make your homemade chili
First, brown your ground beef. Cook your onions in with the ground beef. I like to season my meat at this time. I use Lawry’s seasoning salt, pepper, cumin, and garlic powder. While the meat is browning you can add your garlic. Once the meat is cooked, strain it.
If you use really lean meat you may not have to strain, but I still suggest it. This will help ensure that your chili won’t be greasy.
This is a good time to open up the chili brick. You can’t peel off the plastic lining. I use a knife to cut it open. I say do it here because I always forget and then my meat is back in the pan and I’m always rushing to open the stupid thing. So, hopefully, you remember to do it while your meat is straining and not forget like I always do. I like to say You can do it like me if you want to, I’d however rather you do it better than me!
Remember to stir your bean!
Here you are going to brown your sausage. It’s fully cooked so you just want to brown it. So maybe a couple of minutes. It doesn’t have to cook long. I would say 3 to 5 minutes. You can then move to the next step!
Friendly reminder: Stir your beans!
Alright! So your meat is well strained and your chili brick is open. So now, you can put your meat back in the same pan on medium heat. Once it has heated up you can add the chili brick. Now, this is just like a brick of seasoning. So you want to mix it in to make sure that all the meat gets covered with it. The chili brick is darker so you will be able to tell that all the meat is covered.
Stir your beans!
This my friends it the last step to take before you get to taste the best chili ever! All you have to do now is combine your meat and beans. Take the meat and put it into the beans. Stir well! Let this simmer on low for about 5 to 10 minutes.
I don’t know how you feel about this meal but oh Man! I love it! So, no one ever does this part and I want to make sure that I do this for you guys. Here are a few ways I like to eat chili.
1. We like to put it over Doritos and top it with cheese and sour cream. Almost like Nachos.
2. The next day we may eat it the same way or make burritos. More like chimichangas. So for this we heat up the chili. Then we would put it in a tortilla with cheese and fry brown both sides in oil.
3. This is probably the last day we eat it and we like to put it over hot dogs and fries. Yup you guessed it. Homemade chili hot dogs and homemade chili cheese fries. So yum!!!
That’s it guys. We made chili together. Please tell me if you tried it. If you did any adjustments or if you made it like this I want to hear all about it. I am excited to hear about your new-found dish. Maybe you make it your own way too. If you do chili a different way and everyone loves it. Feel free to tell me about able yours. We all know what sharing is! lol. I’m kidding. Sort of!
Enjoy! Don’t forget to share your ideas and share your comments on this meal.
Side note: The next time I make the chili, I will be sure to take a picture for you. The picture here is not of my chill.