March 29, 2014

The Chili Experiment

I have this crazy obsession with chili. There was a time when I did nothing but look through dozens and dozens of chili recipes that were simple enough to prepare at home. Most of them required too many ingredients that weren't readily available in the kitchen, so I was hesitant to try them out. I didn't want to buy a lot of ingredients just to use them on chili and nothing else. It would've been too wasteful. It's a good thing my mother stumbled upon something very useful while she was doing groceries today.

Thank you, McCormick. I thought I had to give in to purchasing all the bottled spices that were needed to make chili, but in turns out that there's actually a seasoning mix. This is definitely the more economical choice, especially when you do not use chili powder and cumin frequently. You only need to buy one pack every time you plan to have chili.

It didn't disappoint, too! The chili smelled great as it was cooking in the pot. I did take some liberties while preparing the chili con carne though. For one, I sauteed onions and garlic before adding the ground meat for browning. In order to thicken the mixture, I poured in some tomato sauce as well.

I also added in a pack of Hunt's Chili Beef & Beans. It's really good. It's too bad they only have this in small packets. We forgot to buy kidney beans, so this stood as the replacement.

We had some leftover rice, so I heated it with some of the chili. It came out really well and we didn't need to throw anything out. I love being able to make use of leftovers.

Next time, I think we'll be using the chili as toppings for a plate of nachos or some hotdogs.

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