I had such a fun afternoon yesterday! Not only did I get to meet some awesome up-and-coming bloggers (more about that later), my business partner and nephew Scott put on his chef’s hat and cooked us up a huge pot of his “Championship Chili”! I just love mixing business with pleasure.
(In the spirit of full disclosure….Scott did admit that his “prize-winning” took place at church cookoffs…but in the spirit of being a nice Aunt, I’m going to humor him on the recipe’s name. lol.)
But honestly, this chili would win a cookoff at MY house for several reasons!
It’s super SIMPLE and FAST to throw together (great meal for those crazy, busy weeknights), it’s economical, and it’s a definite crowd-pleaser!
It’s also a great basic recipe that you could tweak in a myriad of ways to suit you and your family’s own tastes. Although all you Texans who say BEANS don’t belong in chili might not agree. :-)
Scott’s Championship Chili
28 ounce can Bush’s Baked Beans
12 ounce can kidney beans (drained)
12 ounce can black beans (drained)
20 ounce can diced tomatoes
2 packages McCormick’s chili mix (1 hot, 1 mild)
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
6 to 9 ounces brown sugar (depending on how “sweet” you like it)
Brown ground beef and onion together. Transfer beef and onion mixture into a large stock pot, and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix together and simmer for 15 to 30 minutes. Serve with your favorite toppings.
Scott highly recommends throwing some crushed up nacho-flavored Doritos in it. I’m more of a cheese and a little sour cream kinda girl.
That’s it! I told you it was super simple!
Since we were feeding a pretty big crowd…Scott doubled this recipe. Doubling it makes a nice, BIG pot of chili!
It went GREAT with this yummy cornbread recipe I posted about earlier this year. A winning combination!
I thoroughly enjoyed this chili…and I’m not just saying that because I’m related to the cook. My new friends over at SmallFryBlog.com were in agreement as well.
Emily, Nicole, Jenna and I “talked shop” while sharing a bowl on the back step of Scott’s home. (Jenna even “cheated” on her Paleo regime to join us! But don’t tell her I told you that!) By the way, if you have kidlets you’ll definitely want to check out their blog. It’s a charming mix of all things cool, cute, and clever for little ones!
Thank you Scott for introducing me to the women of SmallFryBlog.com AND for the wonderful meal. So what’s on the menu for NEXT WEEK’S meeting? :-)