Sunday, November 8, 2015

Deer Season Chili

We live about 2 hours from my in-laws.  When the weather gets cold we can count on heading that way at least one weekend each month.  Hunting season starts.  
The men trudge out at 4:30 am and we sleep snugly under fuzzy blankets until the sun comes peeking in the windows.  We emerge in slippers to a pot of coffee and a batch of pancakes off the griddle and spend the day doing crafts, playing with Playdough, and preparing a yummy dinner for when they return.  
One of my favorites is my mother-in-laws chili.  There's something about a big pot of chili on a Sunday afternoon to fill up bellies on a cold November day.  One big bowl and all is right with the world.  Today our batch was ground hamburger but soon we'll substitute deer meat!  

3/4 lb lean ground hamburger 
1 c chopped onion
1/2 c chopped green pepper 
2 cloves garlic minced
2 16oz can tomatoes
2 cans kidney beans 
1 8oz can tomato sauce 
2-3 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp dried basil 
1/4 tsp sea salt/black pepper 

Brown burger and onion in skillet until cooked.  
Combine all with remaining ingredients in large pot.  Simmer 30 minutes. Enjoy.  

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