Southern Chili

  1. 1 1/2 pounds ground meat
    1 large onion, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    2 1/2 teaspoons salt
    3/4 teaspoon pepper
    1 teaspoon chili powder
  2. 2 cans tomato paste
    2 tomato paste cans water
    1 (No. 2) can tomato juice
    2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    2 cans chili beans, drained
  1. Brown meat with onion, garlic, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the salt, 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper and chili powder.
  2. Combine remaining salt and pepper with remaining ingredients except beans; add to meat mixture.
  3. Bring to a boil; simmer for 2 hours.
  4. Add beans during final 15 minutes of cooking.
  5. Makes 6 to 8 servings

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