Growing up, my mom made the best chili (she still does, I’m sure…but I haven’t had any in years 🙁 ). It wasn’t a recipe as much as it was a 6th sense — it always tasted the same. And, it was always served over pasta. Always.
I like chili just as is in a bowl, but there’s something extra special about chili over pasta. Comfort food at its finest, I guess. And seeing as we are now Ohio residents, it was only appropriate to try Cincinnati-style chili (the Cincinnati-style chili restaurant is called Skyline). Approve!
While this photo is…terrible and pretty unappetizing, you can’t judge this recipe on its looks. This is a recipe Mr. Prevention took as leftovers for lunch — something he NEVER does (for some reason, the cafeteria’s pizza or chicken fingers always win out over my leftovers). That’s how I know it’s good, and husband-approved. And I would like to take this opportunity to pat myself on the back. I have been taking full advantage of my crock pot, just as planned 😀
2 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef (I used 90/10, ground sirloin)
15 oz. can tomato sauce
8 oz. tomato paste (1 1/3 cans)
5 Tbsp chili powder
2 1/2 Tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp distilled white vinegar
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp steak sauce
4 3 1/2 cups water
Brown ground beef lightly on stove top. Combine all ingredients in crock pot. Stir well, and cook on low for 12 hours or longer. Yield: 8 cups (8 servings).
Nutrition Information (per cup): 273 calories; 13.1 g. fat; 71 mg. cholesterol; 675 mg. sodium; 16.9 g. carbohydrate; 4.6 g. fiber; 24.8 g. protein
Result: Mr. Prevention and I really liked this…it is something totally unique and has a touch of something special in the way of cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate, I do believe! This has a kick but isn’t spicy. That may not make sense, but it will after you try it. Delicious, and very simple! You can cook it as looong as you need to, too…always a bonus! Enjoy!
Hopefully today brings some more favorable weather. On a positive weather-related note, Lily now knows how to ice skate 😀 Yesterday was a most enjoyable, lazy day which included nearly clearing out the DVR, watching the Shawshank Redemption (favorite movie of all time), crying for 15 minutes after the movie finished, and a cat nap on the couch. There was a good workout thrown in there, too (3 1/4 mile run + 20 minutes on the elliptical)…but that was certainly not the highlight of my yesterday…if I’m being honest 🙂 Maybe because I had watched everything good on the DVR? Probably. Sometimes, we all need a good, lazy snow day!
Of course I played some in the kitchen. I shredded brussels sprouts, diced a honeycrisp apple, and toasted some pine nuts only to run out of creativity to formulate a dressing. The components are now all in my fridge awaiting some creativity juices to flow, or unless somsone has a brilliant suggestion for me? 🙂 And then there was online shopping…Williams Sonoma…a glass cake stand with a dome lid. At least I stopped there.
Because then came my ingenious idea for a Valentine’s Day gift for Mr. P: a deep clean of our house. However, Molly Maids quoted me nearly $275. Too rich for my blood. Any ideas on Valentine’s Day gifts? It can be more romantic than a maid, no problem. 😉
Question: Do you eat your chili as is, or atop pasta or rice?