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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Weekend Chili Made by My Daughter

My daughter learning the ease and fun of Crockpot Chili

The smells from the kitchen are hungry-making! My daughter has been busy again making another crockpot dinner. This time it is an old family favorite-- "Julia's Chili". This was a recipe created by my mom's long time best friend who was known as "Aunt Julia" to me. It brings back happy memories and good times every time we make it. How fun to be passing the knowledge on to my daughter on how to make this classic recipe filled with such joy.

This is also an easy recipe to assemble. It mainly comes out of a can! This time we changed things up a bit by replacing the usual ground beef with ground bison, which is raised organically and is a much leaner meat. We always add condiments when we serve up the chili which includes-- sliced green onions, light sour cream and shredded 2% shredded cheddar cheese.

The recipe for Julia's Chili is:
1 teaspoon olive oil
Cooking Spray
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 lbs. lean ground beef (or bison)
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 can stewed tomatoes, 14.5 oz
1 can tomato sauce, 14.5 oz
1 can red kidney beans, 14.5 oz
2 tablespoons chili powder (this should be to your taste!)
1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional for a richer flavor)
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Spray a medium skillet with cooking spray and add the oil. Once heated add the onion and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes then add the ground meat. Cook until the ground meat is browned. Place this mixture in a crockpot. Add all remaining ingredients, stir and turn on the crockpot to low for 7 hours. (this can also be made in a pot and cooked just for an hour before serving if you prefer, just won't be quite as flavorful). Serves 4. Calories per serving- 336.

Enjoy! And Eat Mindfully.