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  • Big Orange Book by Rachael Ray
  • Giada at Home
  • Jamie at Home
  • Look and Cook by Rachael Ray

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Baked Bean Chili

The weather is getting colder and all we really want to do in cozy up in front of the fire and watch movies wrapped in a blanket! Well, that's all I want to do anyways! Comfort food is on the forefront of my culinary brain nowadays and this chili recipe is very comforting. It's a little different from the chili we are used to but if you just try it once, you will love it!

This recipe is simple and easy to play around with, so, have fun with it - add a little more of what you like and a little less of what you don't! And it is easily doubled and easy to freeze!

1 lb ground beef
1/2 lb bacon, chopped
1 red onion
2 cloves garlic
splash olive oil
2 cans tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
2 tblsp chili powder
1 tblsp cumin
1 tblsp paprika
2 tblsp hot sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 can canellini beans (or white kidney beans)

Coat the bottom of a saucepan with olive oil and add the bacon - cook until a little crispy. Add the ground beef until cooked through and no longer pink, stirring and breaking up the meat. Add the onion and cook until translucent and then add the garlic until you can just smell it. At this point, add you brown sugar, stirring it in, the molasses, the chili powder, cumin, paprika, hot sauce, and salt and pepper to taste - stir the ingredients until well mixed in and you can smell the spices. Add the tomatoes and let the chili simmer for 45 minutes or so. Add the beans and let simmer another 15-20 minutes. Enjoy it with fresh rolls! yum!

Please let me know if you try it and what you think of it and like I stated above, play around with the recipe and make it your own!

Love you all - happy eating!

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