Well, I’ve been craving chili a lot lately. This is mostly due in part to the fact that I cannot get any good mexican food here in the South, and they do not sell my favorite canned braned (Dennison’s) at the supermarket. So I’ve been experimenting making my own. I did find this pre-made sack of chili spices and I use it as a springboard. It also cuts down on the cooking time. I guess you could call it “semi-homemade” but that makes me think of Sandra Lee and I hate her.
I’m pretty sure this stuff is available accross the United States since I used to buy it in Los Angeles and you can also get it here in Alabama and Georgia. I would highly recommend it. Good flavors!
I pretty much make it as it states on the back, and doctor it up. For one batch, instead of 2 pounds of ground beef, I use one pound of ground beef and 1 pound of sweet Italian sausage (casings removed). Yes, you read that right. Italian sausage. Trust me, once it’s simmered in the chilli – you cannot taste the Italian edge…it just tastes good. But you could also use any kind of other sausage that you like. I’ve also used bulk breakfast sausage and it tastes great. But my favorite is Sweet Italian sausage. That’s my secret ingredient. When I add in the liquid, I usually also add in some hominy.
I cook it per the package and it comes out great. If I’ve got the time, I top it with crumbled bacon or sliced sauted hot dogs. And definatly cheese and sour cream. In a little over 30 minutes, you’ve got a delicious bowl of chili.
Do you make your own chili? Mix up a batch and post it up! I’m hosting the great Chili-cookoff!