Chili con Carne

A Night of Ouija

Halloween night, we went to my mother-in-laws with a pot of chili to help answer the door.  The chili was really good, I have been trying different recipes and I think I found one everyone liked.

Anyway, we got out the Ouija board and had an encounter with a 5 year old girl, who said she was scared and surrounded by “bad people”.  Being that she was only 5, she couldn’t really spell, so it was slow going and we lost her.  In the mean time, the chandelier exploded above our heads and shot out sparks.  It really happened, no joke!

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Chili con Carne

1 lb lean ground beef
1 can black beans, drained
1 can pinto beans, drained
1 can cannellini, drained
15 oz can tomato sauce

28oz can diced tomatoes
15 oz can green chiles
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium jalapeno, seeded and minced
1 large onion, chopped
2 Tbs olive oil
3 Tbs chili powder
1½  Tbs brown sugar
3 tsp dried oregano
2½ Tbs ground cumin
1/8 tsp ground allspice
1/8 tsp ground cloves

Place oil in a large stockpot and heat to medium heat.  Add ground beef, and cook with stirring until the meat just loses its red color.

Add green chiles, garlic, red bell pepper, jalapeno, and onion to the meat.  Sauté until the onions are translucent.

Stir in chili powder, brown sugar, oregano, cumin, allspice, and cloves, add tomatoes and tomato sauce.  Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes.

Add black beans, pinto beans, and cannellini.  Cook chili con carne recipe for an additional 20 minutes.

Cook’s note:  If you like your chili con carne recipe to be a bit thinner, add beef broth, chicken broth or vegetable broth to the chili in small increments.  Don’t add too much or you will have soup instead of a delicious chili con carne.

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