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Winter comfort food, how to make chili

megs cucina how to make chili

When the snow falls it is officially time to make chili, and while we’ve had a beautiful November so far, this week we got a taste of winter. And when that happens I crave warm, hearty dishes and Chili is at the top of my list. It’s one of my favorite comfort foods for cold weather and is packed with protein. I also LOVE adding a ton of mushrooms, one because they are my favorite and I try to add them to just about everything. And two they add a great texture.

I suggest making a big batch for the week and then freezing leftovers for lazy dinner nights. It’s a pretty easy recipe to make, just requires throwing a bunch of ingredients into a pot and some time to simmer. I find the flavor is even better the next day. Find out how to make it below!

Ingredients to make chili:

1 small yellow onion
2 cups button mushrooms
1 red pepper
1 lbs lean ground beef
1 package chili powder
1 can red kidney beans
1 can white kidney beans
1 can black beans
2 cans diced tomatoes
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon pepper

How to make chili:

Dice onions into small pieces. Slice the red pepper into thin pieces. Put a large pot on high heat, add olive oil. Sauté the onions with half of the package of chili powder. * This part is key! The onions soak up the chili flavour*. After 2-3 minutes add the ground beef and the rest of the powder. Brown the ground beef and then turn the temperature to medium heat. Add the mushrooms and peppers. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Add the cans of diced tomatoes. Drain the cans of beans and rinse under water. Add tomatoes and beans to the pot and stir. Give the chili a stir and add the pepper. Bring the chili to a boil and then let it simmer for 20-30 minutes before serving.

megscucina how to make chili

You can also top it off with shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream but I love it on its own too!

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