I swear, the very best way to eat this chili is up in the mountains, a cool fall evening and the scent of pine trees in the air.
This is the most delicious chili in the world. I kid you not!
So if you live in the city, get a pine scented candle, mix up some killer chili beans and treat your family to a little bit of my childhood memories.
Each of my mother's children has taken this recipe and carried the tradition onward, as my mother did with the recipe from her mother.
Soak 4½ pounds of Pinto Beans in water, overnight.
Rinse beans and fill pan with water again.
Put in on the stove on low to medium and let it cook until beans are tender. (This will take two or three hours, depending.) Once the beans are tender, add ingredients and seasonings as follows:
5 lbs. of Browned Hamburger
3 oz. Gebhardt’s Chili Powder (The brand really does make a difference.)
1 t. Sweet Basil
½ t. Cumin
1 T. Oregano
1 to 3 Hunts Tomato Sauce (8 oz. Cans (Again, the brand really does make a difference.))
1 can Peeled Tomatoes
3 Cloves Garlic
1 Medium Onion
Salt to taste.
Pepper to taste.
Check back next Monday for a screamin' homemade bread recipe that you can mix up right in your breadmaker. It's a wonderful addition to this chili.
By the way . . . great for breakfast! Scrambled eggs topped with chili and cheese.
You can’t go wrong there.
Happy Eating. everyone.
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