Better Homes and Gardens put out a magazine all about soup recently. I told M that I would really love to only eat soup from here until New Years Eve. It probably won't ever happen, but I started today.
One of the first recipes is called Make-it-mine Chili. Basically it tells you how to build a bowl of chili, telling you where you can customize the recipe. I like it, because it reminds me of those make your own adventure books, and I am always doing this anyway for M. Another cool thing is they give you suggestions about what to fill in. I can't tell if they are just suggestions to get your mind working, or combinations that are well known.
Here is my take on the recipe.
1 1/2 lbs of meat 3 cups chopped vegetables 4 cloves minced garlic
1 Tbs olive oil. 2 15oz cans of beans rinsed and drained
2 14oz cans diced tomatoes drained 1 15oz can tomato sauce
1 cup liquid 2 Tbs Chili powder 1tsp dried herb
1/2 tsp black pepper desired topping
Options that can be played with. My choices are red.
Meat Beans Liquid Dried Herbs Vegetables
Boneless Black Beer Thyme Onion Potatoes
beef chuck Pinto Water Oregano Green Peas Corn
Beef stew meat Garbanzo Beef Broth Italian seasoning Small Broccoli Tomatoes
Ground beef Cannellini Apple Juice Basil Celery Zucchini
Ground Pork Kidney Chicken Broth Carrots Sweet Peppers
In a large dutch oven brown veggies and meat. Drain fat. I like to make sure the veggies are well on their way before I add the meat.
Then I add the meat.
Then add beans, (I only used one can) tomatoes, (I used waaay less tomatoes then this) tomato sauce, liquid, herbs and chili powder, and pepper.