It is almost December here in Alaska! The birds have flown south, the ground is completely covered in snow, the temperatures are dropping below zero some days and all you want to do is stay inside with a warm blankey snuggled up next to the woodstove. Unfortunately, this just isn’t an option, life still has to go on. Kids have to go to school, parents have to go to work and then after all that it’s sports, homework and somehow fitting in dinner!
One of my favorite meals on a cold day is chili; It warms the soul! 🙂 And as an added bonus it is quick, only takes a few ingredients and tastes like it has been simmering all day long!
My husband loves spicy food…..but let me tell you I made this a couple of days ago and used hot Italian sausage instead of the mild that I usually use AND still used the diced tomatoes with green chilies and it was insanely spicy! Good thing the kids weren’t here because I don’t think they would have enjoyed that very much! Don’t get me wrong, it was still delicious, none of it went to waste, but wow was not prepared for that spicy punch in the mouth.
Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty on how to make it! Don’t feel like you have to stick to my recipe exactly; Never feel like you have to stick to anyone’s recipe for that matter! All of my recipes come from tweaking a recipe I have found and making it something that me and my family enjoy. If you don’t wanna use pinto beans, use black beans or kidney beans or a mixture. Don’t use tomatoes with green chilies, use tomatoes with garlic and olive oil or in juice. You can’t go wrong, experiment and see what makes your taste buds sing!
- 1 Pound Mild Ground Italian Sausage
- 3 (14.5 oz) Cans of Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
- 2 (15 oz) Cans of Pinto Beans *drain before adding
- 1 Medium or Large Yellow Onion, diced
- 2 Tbs (Tablespoons) Chili Powder
- Whatever Toppings You Wish.
- I don’t know about you but I can’t eat chili without it being covered in shredded cheese and sour cream! You could also use olives, cilantro, lettuce or tortilla chips.
- Use a deep stockpot to cook your ground sausage over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Once thoroughly cooked remove sausage from pot and set aside. Do not discard the grease left behind, it should be a minimal amount.
- Toss the onion into the pot and sauté until soft, this will usually take about 5 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes, beans, chili powder and cooked sausage into the stockpot and stir well to combine all of the ingredients.
- Bring the pot to a boil, reduce your heat to medium-low, cover the pot and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
- Serve with optional toppings and enjoy! 🙂
Can you believe how simple?!