The leaves are falling. Cooler winds are blowing in. Some of us have even seen a bit of snow. Autumn is here and all you want to do is snuggle up in a cozy sweater and smell your favorite comfort food warming on the stove. There aren’t many Fall comfort foods that top a homemade bowl of Chili. It seems like everyone has their own twist on this classic crowd-pleaser. Check out our Rockton staff pick for October:

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 medium onion – diced
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 (15 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (16 oz) can of kidney beans; drained & rinsed (*can substitute any of your favorite beans)
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 2-3 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cups beef broth
  • 2 ½ tbs. chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder (*I often use real garlic instead)
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. ground cayenne pepper (*Optional)

Instructions:

  1. Add olive oil to pan and add diced onions to a larger soup pot. Cook about 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add ground beef to pan with onions. Break up and cook until fully browned.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients
  4. Bring liquid to a low boil. Then, reduce the head to low/med-low to gently simmer the chili, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  5. Remove pan from the heat. Let the chili rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  6. Add toppings as desired: cheese, sour cream, fritos, tortilla chips, etc.

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