Oh yeah. I have to cook dinner. (sigh)
In the spirit of the holiday, I think I will cook up a pot of my Taste of Honey Chili and later slap some burgers on the grill. My chili recipe is my own concoction with a couple of surprise ingredients. The brewed coffee makes for a heartier base than just water, and the honey and cinnamon add just a hint of sweetness.
Taste of Honey Chili
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
- 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped (or 1 or 2 teaspoons minced garlic from jar)
- 1 can (40-oz.) kidney, pinto or black beans, drained
- 1 jar Picante Sauce (your choice: Mild, Medium or Hot)
- 1 can (4-oz.) diced green chiles
- 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
- 1 cup brewed coffee (left over from breakfast)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Cook beef, onion, bell pepper and garlic in large skillet until beef is browned and onions are translucent; drain. Transfer to large pot.
- To pot, stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover. Cook, stirring frequently, for 20 to 25 minutes. After chili has cooled, pop it into the refrigerator for a few hours (even overnight) to let the flavors meld.
Suggested garnishes, if desired:
Chopped green onions
It doesn't get much easier than this, and it's even better the second day.
So, what's cookin' at your house?