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A meaty, hearty chili that gets better with time.

Flatlander Chili on Taste and Tell



I feel kind of silly posting about chili when we have been having some amazing spring-like weather. I actually went out yesterday without a jacket, wearing short sleeves. But when I made these chilis, the weather wasn’t quite so pleasant!

My family all lives within about an hours drive, so we all get together for dinner once a month. We take turns planning the dinner and assigning dishes to everyone else, and if it is your month, the dinner is held at your house. Well, February was my month, but since my house is too small to accommodate 12 adults and 10 children (even though there were some missing that month) one of my sister’s offered up her house, but I was still in charge of the menu. I already knew what I wanted to make – chili. I wanted something that could feed a crowd, plus it had been a year since I had made any and it was still very cold outside. I decided to go with my go-to chili and a chicken green chili that I tried for the first time. All the chili was made, and my husband and I got in the car to head down to my sister’s house, about 25 minutes away.

It had been raining all day, but we didn’t think twice about it, just grateful that it wasn’t snowing. We got on the freeway, and as we headed south, the rain started turning to sleet. It was ok for a bit, but as the sleet started coming down harder and it started to accumulate on the freeway. There was so much water and sleet flying everywhere, and when my husband went to pass a semi-truck, we were so covered in water that I couldn’t see anything for too long for me to be comfortable. As if this wasn’t bad enough, there was so much water on the freeway that we would hydroplane every now and again. My knuckles were white from holding on so tight – I have never been so scared in the car as a passenger before. If I would have been driving, I would have turned around and gone home, not caring that I had everyone’s dinner in the back seat. But my husband, being the trooper he is, continued to drive. The further south we got, the more the rain turned to snow, which was actually a welcome relief because at least we had 4-wheel drive and we weren’t hydroplaning anymore.

We got to my sister’s house, dropped off the chili, and turned around and went straight home. We were afraid the roads would be worse, with the rain turning to ice, but luckily, by the time we were back on the freeway, the roads had been sanded and the ride home wasn’t nearly as scary.

We missed out on the food, conversation and fun that night, but luckily I had saved a bit of each chili at home as leftovers for us. And now I’m glad that most of the bad weather is behind us until next year!

Beans or no beans seems to be the main disagreement when it comes to chili. I like it with beans, but I’m sure this chili would be delicious without them if you don’t like them in your chili. I found this recipe on allrecipes a few years ago, and have made it many times since. I have made quite a few changes to the original recipe, but I think what I’ve come up with is one delicious bowl of chili! In fact, after my brother in law had some of this last year, he asked for it for his birthday dinner last year. And since it makes enough to serve an army, it’s great for family get-togethers!

(Also check out the Cha Cha’s White Chicken Chili!)


Flatlander Chili
 
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A meaty, hearty chili that gets better with time.
Serves: 10 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound sausage
  • 4-12 ounce cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 (29 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1½ cups chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ¼ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon hot sauce (such as Tobasco)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon white sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 can chili beans, with liquid
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
Instructions
  1. Place ground beef and sausage in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble, and set aside.
  2. Add all ingredients to a large kettle. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 to 1½ hours, stirring occasionally.
Notes
*This recipe is best when it is made a day in advance, and then reheated to serve!

*adapted from allrecipes

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15 Responses to Flatlander Chili

  1. Ryley says:

    That is one thing I really need to learn how to make.. chili!

    It doesn’t look too hard, but you’re right with this beautiful weather it’s a little hard to think about warm food! (I hope I didn’t jinx us! There is supposed to be a storm on the way!!!)

  2. glamah16 says:

    You know I have a unexpected day off, and have been mulling over what to make for dinner. I’m going with the green chicken chile! And I love the spice.

  3. Ben says:

    It sounds like a great idea to get together as a family for dinner at least once a month. I need to start doing that with my in-laws here.

    Aren’t you glad spring is almost here and we won’t have to deal with sleet for a while? I don’t mind snow, actually I love it, but sleet I don’t like.

    Both of those recipes sound really good. I have to try the chicken chili sometime. And chili without beans? That wouldn’t be chili, would it? :-/

  4. Ann says:

    Chili is good in ANY weather! Both of your recipes look wonderful!

  5. Meeta says:

    As our family live far away we do the same thing but with friends. It’s not he same but still we have a great time. I just love the sound of that white chicken chili

  6. Steph says:

    Chili is a staple in our home, and your recipes look delicious, as always! I tried your Broccoli Cheese Soup a couple of nights ago, by the way, and it was absolutely wonderful! And you were right, it tastes exactly like Kneaders!

  7. Jenny says:

    I love chili all year! I’m the crazy one making hot soups and chili’s in August when it’s 110 degrees outside. Both of these recipes look great!!

  8. ruthEbabes says:

    I love chilli and your’s sounds great!

  9. ruthEbabes says:

    I just came on here to tell you about the award I have for you, but you already beat me to it! Congrats.

  10. Kevin says:

    We still have lots of snow here and either one of those chilis would hit the spot for dinner. They both look really good. I recently tried a white chili for the first time and really enjoyed it.

  11. Shandy says:

    I love making chili and both of yours are wonderful additions to my ever growing collections!

    What a scary trip you and your husband made! Men can be very brave and confident in their driving skills but being a passenger still means not having any control and that is hard when the weather is scary =).

  12. Gretchen Noelle says:

    These look tasty, but I would be partial to the white chicken chili. Yum!

  13. Mary says:

    I happen to love chili. I make it all the time. You really only make it once a year? I’m going to have to try your recipe (the red one).

  14. Cakespy says:

    I can’t even say how much I love chili, and your recipes look awesome–very hearty.

  15. Emiline says:

    That sounds so scary! I think I would have turned around and gone home, too. That’s too bad that you didn’t get to eat this delicious looking chili with your family. Darn Utah weather.

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