3rd Prize Chili

Note to self – it’s impossible to try to write while Bob Ross is on TV . . .

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!  I’m sorry for going MIA for a couple of weeks – I took a little break to spend time and relax with family over the holidays.  We just got back home yesterday and let me tell you, after 3 long days sitting in a car, I’m ready for some action!  I’ve got plans to try some interesting things this new year but for tonight I’d just like to share my favorite chili recipe.3rd Prize Chile (2 of 5)

Since we live in a warm climate, we only get about 2 months of “fall/winter” weather.  Being a Midwesterner at heart, I miss winter snows and frankly, I can’t eat chili if the temperature is above 50˚F outside.  This means that I fit in as many hearty soups and stews into our dinner rotation as I can over this short time.

I know what you’re thinking . . . Third Prize Chili???  Wouldn’t I call it Blue Ribbon Chili?  Best Ever Chili?  I do think that this chili is the best ever but here’s the story:  A couple of moves ago, I entered it into our neighborhood Chili Contest in Virginia Beach.  (By the way, VA Beach is a fantastic community for families.)  There were about 25 recipes entered and mine came out with 3rd prize – trophy and all.  We got a good laugh over the trophy, which has since gone by the wayside, but the name has stuck.  So, while it won third place in the neighborhood (of course, I think I would have won first if I’d used beef instead of turkey – ahem, ahem), it’s a winner for us.

3rd Prize Chili Recipe – serves 6-8

1 lb lean ground beef/ground turkey

1/2 lb ground sweet Italian sausage, removed from casings

1 c. chopped bell pepper (green, red, yellow or orange)

1/2  c. chopped onion

3 cloves garlic

1/2 c. water

28 oz can diced tomatoes (we like the garlic and onion variety)

15 oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

15 oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained

3 T. Worcestershire sauce

2-1/2 T. Chili Powder

1 T. brown sugar

1 T. dried basil

2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp Sriracha hot sauce *Opt. leave out if you don’t like spicier chili – add more if you do!*

1/4 tsp salt

Toppings: Sour cream, shredded cheese, green onions, Fritos, whatever else your little heart desires . . .

-In a large skillet, cook ground beef (or turkey), sausage, onion, peppers and garlic until meat is brown and vegetables are tender.

-Put the meat mixture into a 4 qt. crock pot and stir in undrained tomatoes, beans, water, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, basil, oregano, hot sauce and salt.

-Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours.

3rd Prize Chile (1 of 5)
I didn’t have any green bell peppers on hand for our chili tonight. Normally, I love to add some of the green peppers to pretty it up a bit.

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