Nothing beats chili to warm up your family’s bellies on a cold fall or winter day. It’s one of those meals that everyone in the family has equal love for. Some of us like it topped with crumbled corn bread and others with sour cream and cheddar cheese.
I have made several different versions of chili through out the years. Some much more labor intensive then others. The one that everyone asks for over and over again also happens to be the easiest. The ingredients are far from fancy and it literally takes me only about 20 minutes to make from start to finish. I will even go as far to say that it’s “The World’s Easiest Chili Recipe.”
I won’t leave you in suspense any longer. I can just visualize you all now, sitting on the edges of your seats, biting your nails, feeling like you will burst if you don’t see the recipe right this minute..So without further ado…
2 lb. ground beef
3 cans tomato soup
1 pkg. Lipton onion soup mix
2 cans dark kidney beans, drained
1 green pepper, chopped and sauteed
3 tbs. hot Mexican chili powder, to taste
2 tbs. jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
Brown ground beef and drain well. Add remaining ingredients,
adjusting chili powder and jalapenos to taste. Simmer over low heat for
15 minutes. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and corn bread.
****TIP**** After you add the tomato soup to the ground beef mixture quickly and discreetly dispose of the empty soup cans into your recycling**** This is probably the most important step as it will prevent any whispering and or gossiping behind your back about you being a ” white trash” cook from any of your “food snob” friends or family.
Now take a deep breath and remember your secret is safe. Whew! Ok seriously this stuff will impress even the most experienced chili eating connoisseurs. Everyone who has tried it all comment on how thick and hearty it is. We’re talking stick to your spoon thick. That has got to be the tomato soup doing it’s magic!
I always put out bowls of sour cream and cheddar cheese as topping options as well as a big basket of corn muffins. I cheat and buy our muffins from our local grocery store bakery. They are so sweet and moist. If you’re a traditionalist you may like your cornbread not as sweet and more crumbly. That’s one of the best things about chili. You can really personalize it with your choice of toppings making it your own little private bowl of heaven.