This is my chili recipe. I make it all year long, but it is especially great for Halloween. It fills up little tummies so they don’t eat too much candy. It stays warm in the pot or the bowl so you can answer the door for all the little hobgoblins. It goes really well with the hot mulled wine I pass out in dixie cups to hobgoblin parents. Oh, and I never seem to have any leftovers.
This year, I made two pots of chili, using a little over 6 lbs of ground beef. I fed nine adults and an unholy number of princesses, ninjas, pirates, knights (historical and jedi), and assorted hobgoblins of all shapes and sizes. I also served cornbread with it, and goldfish crackers for one picky daddy.
Okay, so the recipe. Please remember, this is all according to taste. Your chili powder may be spicier or weaker than mine, and your hobgoblins may like more or less flavor in their chili, so doctor it up to suit your needs.
1 lb ground beef
1 can tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
1 or 2 cans of beans, drained and rinsed. I like kidney or black beans – use whatever you like, and the amount depends on how “beany” you like your chili)
1 large sweet onion, diced
2-3 cloves of garlic, diced
3+ Tbl chili powder (start with 3 and add more as needed)
1 Tbl adobo seasoning blend (a blend of oregano, cumin, garlic, black pepper, and a few other things)
1+ tsp cayenne pepper (again, as your family likes it)
1 Tbl cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1 handful tortilla chips
In a big ol’ pot brown the ground beef along with the onions and garlic. Drain off the excess fat and put it back in the pot. Add the 2 cans of tomato stuffs. Dump in the spices, stir it around, and give it a taste? Does it taste like chili? Great. Too spicy? Add another can of tomatoes. Too weak? Add more spices. This is chili folks, not rocket science.
Let it simmer for a good while. At least 20 minutes, a few hours if you have the time. Give it a stir periodically so it doesn’t burn. Add the beans and the tortilla chips. Stir again and let it cook a little longer, until you can’t see the chips anymore.
Serve with corn bread. I like to offer shredded cheese and sour cream as accompaniments, but you do what makes you happy.
Chili is love.