Chili: start here

Nothing says fall like a big pot of chili simmering away on the stove.  Unfortunately, chili was always one of those things that I liked the idea of, but didn’t ever really enjoy.  I didn’t feel confident making chili, even though I had mom’s recipe that everyone seemed to enjoy.

As the years have passed (and my tastebuds have continued to change), I’ve found that I LOVE Runza’s chili with a cinnamon roll.  Chad really enjoys chili, too, so last year I decided I needed to find “my” chili recipe.

I tried a few that I didn’t love, and then I came across this recipe from Smitten Kitchen.  I made it exactly how the recipe states, Chad added a few shakes of extra spices, and it was SUPER good.  Plus, who doesn’t love sour cream + cheddar biscuits?

Screen Shot 2013-09-23 at 8.32.36 AMNow I have a few variations of my own: I use part stew meat cut into even smaller chunks, and I add a little nutmeg and a little cinnamon for extra warmth.  If I’m making it for a crowd, I diversify my bean and tomato profile a bit – some black beans, some kidney, some red, etc. and some tomato sauce, some diced some stewed.  I think it makes it more interesting.

Simmer for as long as you can stand it before serving, and enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “Chili: start here

    1. awastell Post author

      My husband LOVES Runza’s chili, and also loves this chili, but I don’t know that I would say they’re similar. I’ve yet to perfect a good Runza copycat.

      Reply

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