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You'll want to give these savory chili recipes ideas (for what I'm going to predict will be some of the best chili meals you've ever enjoyed) a try. They truly are delicious, and rather easy to prepare, though do require a significant amount of cooking time.
Before offering you this 'basic', and rather 'mild', chili
First: This is what many would call a "Yankee" Chili recipe. It differs from the "Texas" style more spicy, savory chili recipes. It has beans, It has meat. It has tomatoes. If you consider yourself a "Chili Purist" and tend to thumb your nose at this milder Yankee style of savory chili, that's ok. Then you'll likely prefer the 'alternate', hot, spicy, savory chili recipe I've provided for you toward the end of this article.
Second: While this is a 'basic' chili recipe, it is special to me because it was one of my Aunt's favorite flavorful chili recipes. People raved about her tasty chili. Whether she made a "small" batch - enough to feed a hungry family of four - as in this recipe - or a bigger one - usually in a roaster pan - leftovers were never a problem. Of course as with any of the truly savory chili recipes, the prepared chili is better warmed up, but with this delicious recipe there was rarely any left for her family the next day.
So what was her 'savory chili recipe' secret?...
Darned if I know. When I first asked her for her 'recipe', she just stared at me like I was some sort of fool who just popped out from under a rock. "There's no 'special' recipe" She said, "It's hamburger, beans, and tomatoes."
Well, this turned out to be 'true'. However... it DOES
make a big 'difference', as to how they are combined and cooked. So...
Note.. About the ingredient proportions for my Aunt's 'Yankee' style savory chili recipes' meal - this is for a hungry family of four, and is approximate. You can modify them to suit your needs, your tastes or what you've got on hand.
My Aunt always used stewed tomatoes. For me though (since I'm not 'into' huge tomato chunks), for this version of one of my savory chili recipes (basically that of my Aunt, but with a 'bit' of 'enhancement' from me), I'll use a can of crushed, and a can of diced. Dark or light kidney beans are fine. However, you'll want to prepare this tasty chili recipe using better quality hamburger (and avoid ending up with a pan of too much fat).
Chop the onion into fairly small chunks.
Brown the hamburger and onion. It's best to add spices (but no salt) at this stage, and cook them into the meat. Add minced garlic - a couple of tablespoons is good. In addition to garlic, some Italian Seasoning mix, Cilantro, Chili Powder, and a tad bit of Lemon Pepper will greatly enhance the flavor in this satisfying chili recipe.
If you, and your family prefer your chili on the 'milder' side, avoid adding too much chili powder. Also... I've found, as with many savory chili recipes, it's better to let the individuals being served add salt and pepper to their own taste 'at the dinner table', rather than attempt to 'please the majority' during my cooking. Besides, I've learned, adding salt too soon during the cooking of one's special soups, and savory chili recipes tends to 'harden' meats.
Once the hamburger and onion is cooked, you can toss this into a pot or crock pot with the tomatoes and kidney beans. Heat everything on high until it's hot, and then turn the heat down to simmer until you're ready to dig in. And that's it. Really!
The longer this savory chili recipe cooks the better it will taste. If you can hold off until 'tomorrow' it's even better - just let it simmer until evening, let it cool and put it into the refrigerator, and warm it anytime the following day.
If you like a thicker chili - leave the top off while simmering. For thinner chili - add some water. If you like a spicier chili, add a tablespoon of salsa to your bowl before serving. Top it off with grated cheese (Mexican blends go well with this.)
Although this is one of those savory chili recipes which is excellent all by itself... feel free to experiment, and improve on it however you like.
Now... for those of you who prefer HOT savory chili
This next one... from my unique ebook offering special soups and savory chili recipes... (many of them prize winning chili recipes, see end of this article) is going to 'knock your socks off' and tantalize your taste buds!
500-Mile Savory Chili Recipe: Yield: 6 Servings
Brown Meat, onions, garlic and jalapenos together in olive oil. While mixture is browning, add cayenne and chili powder. Stir often. Add tomato sauce, salt, water and beer.
Cover and cook on low heat for 30 minutes, stirring often.
Uncover and simmer for 2 hours.
Caution... you might want to only use two (or one) jalapeno
peppers for your first time with this HOT, savory chili recipe! Also
(in my opinion), its best to hold back on the salt until just before
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