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Recipe from: Heidi
I have made this chili recipe for at least 14 years. I entered this recipe in a contest some years back and it won 2nd place! My kids actually cheer when they hear we're having chili for supper! Perfect for fall and winter meals or for taking to a chili supper at church. It has a wonderful flavor and texture—you can change the ingredients somewhat to suit your own taste but don't forget to add the 2 squares of baking chocolate. It heightens the flavor of the tomatoes.
1 ½ pounds ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
2 28 ounce cans diced tomatoes, not drained
2 15 ½ ounce cans hot chili beans (I use Brooks' Hot Chili Beans but you can use whatever brand is available—if you aren't "into" hot, you can try any style of chili beans).
1 12 ounce can diced tomatoes and green chilies, not drained
2 1 ounce baking chocolate squares
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 small onion
½ pound macaroni noodles, optional
1 cup water, optional
Brown ground beef in a little oil or water, add onions. Add chili powder and RO-TEL diced tomatoes/chiles, stir and heat for several minutes. Add HOT chili beans. I rinse the cans and add ½ a can (½ cup) of water per can of beans so there's extra water for noodles. If you're not using noodles, don't add the water. After this mixture has heated, I add the 2 large cans of tomatoes, juice and all. Simmer. Add the 2 squares of baking chocolate—it adds an extra dimension to the flavor of the tomatoes. When this is near-boiling, add noodles if you're going to. Simmer until these are done.
Taste-test—you can add more chili powder if you like it really spicy. Remove from heat for 5 to 10 minutes and let rest. Stir once more before serving. It should have a nice, thick texture, not too runny. Makes 10 hearty servings, holds its flavor for leftovers.
Serve with cornbread muffins, mexican cheese or mild cheddar, sour cream, and oyster crackers.
Everytime I make this, I try to improve it. The recipe is a work in progress! Last night I added some garlic powder to the mix and it was quite good. I've added vermouth at times, tequila, beer (not so crazy about this), stewed whole tomatoes instead of diced (use 3 cans of whole tomatoes), and green peppers if they're available. It's all a matter of taste. Enjoy!