Detroit Free Press
Super Easy Beef Chili is made with just six ingredients, not counting salt and pepper and the oil for sautéing the onion.
DETROIT -- A big pot of chili is popular fare for a cold-weather bash or family get-together.One reason, I am sure, is that it is a fairly simple dish to put together. And it can be one of those "anything goes" dishes.You start with a big pot. Then you start adding stuff. Meat, onions, tomatoes and anything else you like. Eventually you end up with a dish called chili.You can add beans too, although folks from Texas consider that a no-no.I often get calls from readers (and family members) who say, "Tell me how I can make this dish with ingredients I am familiar with," or "Give me a recipe for something that doesn't have a lot of ingredients."Today's recipe is just that. It's made with six ingredients, not counting salt and pepper and the oil for sautéing the onion.For this recipe, I sautéed the onion until it caramelized. This added a bit of sweetness to balance the chili powder. The other key point is to use a good Bloody Mary mix -- one that has good seasoning and a little spice to it.Use diced tomatoes, with or without chilies. And pay attention to the sodium content. Look for a low-sodium brand -- some are labeled "no salt added" -- because the Bloody Mary mix is often high in sodium.I am not a chili purist. I find that people like to doctor it up when it's served.
Super Easy Beef ChiliMakes 8 cups. Prep time: 10 minutes. Total time: 1 hour.
1 tablespoon canola oil 1 large onion, peeled, chopped 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (such as sirloin)
2 cups favorite Bloody Mary mix (spicy preferred)
2 cans (14 ounces each) diced tomatoes with green chilies (or 28-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice) 2 cans (14 ounces each) kidney beans, drained and rinsed well 4 tablespoons (or more if you like) favorite chili powder, dividedFor serving (optional):
Corn chips Shredded cheese
Sliced green onions Sour creamHEAT the oil in a medium pot. Add the onion and sauté about 8 minutes until it becomes lightly golden brown.ADD the beef and cook until it browns, breaking it up as it cooks.STIR in the Bloody Mary mix and heat on medium-high, stirring and scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the tomatoes, beans and 2 tablespoons of the chili powder. Stir well.BRING to just a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover slightly and simmer 30 minutes. Just before serving, stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of chili powder. Serve with desired toppings.Nutrition information based on regular canned diced tomatoes and using lean ground beef: Per serving: 366 calories (32 percent from fat), 13 grams fat (4 grams saturated fat), 31 grams carbohydrates, 32 grams protein, 647 milligrams sodium, 72 milligrams cholesterol, 9 grams fiber.