Hidden Valley Ranch Chili

  1. 2 pounds ground beef
  2. 1 cup chopped onion
  3. 1 to 2 cups water
  4. 1 large can whole tomatoes
  5. 2 or 3 small cans tomato sauce
  6. 1/2 cups chili powder
  7. 1 to 2 teaspoons cumin
  8. 1 tablespoon salt
  9. 1 teaspoon pepper
  10. Tiny dash cayenne pepper
  11. 1 can Ranch style beans
  1. Brown meat together with onion. When thoroughly cooked, drain meat in colander; rinse thoroughly with hot water to remove grease.
  2. Return mixture to large kettle; add water. Add whole tomatoes, cutting or squishing into bite size pieces. Add tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, salt, cayenne and pepper. Stir well.
  3. Last of all, add beans with juice.
  4. Adjust flavor. If too hot, add 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar. Not hot enough? Increase cayenne pepper.

Chili Trivia:

  • Chili is the official state food of Texas
  • Cincinnati Chili was inspired by Greek and Macedonian immigrants around the turn of the 20th century
  • The intensity of heat in the taste of the Chile peppers usually decreases as the size of the pepper increases