So I turned 36 today and being a fall baby makes me think of some of my most favorite comfort food meals. Chili is the one thing that can be so easily made and usually just makes everyone really happy once it gets to the table. Once you get a basic chili recipe down pat the possibilities are completely endless. There are so many different variations of chili recipes out there now its kind of impossible to decide which one is your fav.. There’s a chili for every diet as well, Vegan, Vegetarian, lowfat, gluten free, even a really great ;Renal; one using tomatillos instead of tomato products. You can get so creative which a chili recipe and not mention its only a one pot meal.. Easy clean up and you can serve it right from the pot. So easy, and even more pleasing..
2 12 oz pkgs of polish kielbasa ( cut sideways into pieces
2 jars lupini beans
2 cans San Marzano tomatoes ( 1 whole peeled and 1 purée)
1 box low sodium beef stock
3 medium shallots chopped
4 cloves garlic chopped
1 jar roasted red peppers sliced
2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoon Smoked paprika
2 tablespoons coriander
2 tablespoons oregano
2 tablespoons Ancho chili powder
3 dashes of franks hot sauce ( less if your not into heat)
Drizzles of olive oil
Salt and pepper
Chopped green onion and dollops of sour cream for garnish and taste.
In a large Dutch oven over med high heat, drizzle olive oil and add chopped garlic and shallot and red pepper. Stir and sautée for a few mins till shallots have softened. Next, add "all" of your above spices and cook for an additional 3 mins. Pour in both cans of tomatoes and beef stock and Lupini beans and stir. Now add hot sauce . Cover and reduce heat to med. Place kielbasa on a baking sheet and Cook in your oven for 12 mins ( kielbasa is already pre cooked so your just heating and browning the skin a bit) remove, slice and add to chili. Stir, recover and reduce once again to med low. Simmer chili for and hr and 15 mins uncovering every so often to stir. Once chili has thickened up and liquid is somewhat absorbed, remove from heat and place on a clean cutting board and serve right from the pot adding some dollops of sour cream and chopped cream onion for garnish and taste. Viola !!
Cooking time: approx 1 1/2 hrs to 2 hrs
Serves 8 to 12 people