FOUR BEAN CHILI

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     Who doesn’t love a piping hot bowl of chili?  This four-bean chili was over the top delicious.  The seasonings were just to our liking, and the colorful beans were outstanding.  It comes together quickly and can be topped with grated cheese at the table.  Don’t worry about the applesauce!  Nobody will know it’s in there.  It adds as a thickener and a touch of sweetness.  Remember that I always add it to my spaghetti sauce. 

     Serve with cornbread, grilled cheese, tossed salad, and of course grated cheese for sprinkling.

INGREDIENTS:

1 large can diced tomatoes

2 large cans crushed tomatoes

1 can beef broth

1 ½ cups applesauce

4 cans beans, drained and rinsed (Black, White, Dark Red, Light Red)

1 ½ lbs ground beef

¾ lb ground Italian sausage, hot or mild

3 or 4 sweet mini peppers, seeded and chopped

2 ribs celery

1 TBSP garlic, minced or chopped

½ cup onion, chopped

SEASONINGS: 1 TBSP chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp coriander, 1 tsp paprika, ½ tsp crushed red pepper

PREPARATION:

In an 8 qt sauce pan, bring tomatoes, beef broth, and applesauce to a low simmer.  Brown the beef, sausage, sweet mini peppers, celery, garlic and onion in a frying pan.  Drain the juice and add to the tomato mixture.  Let simmer for about 30 minutes.  Add drained, rinsed beans. Let simmer another 10 minutes.  Add seasonings, and let simmer another 10 minutes.

NOTE:  Put your ground meat in the refrigerator overnight.  It will be thawed enough to cook when you get home.  Plus, if it keeps your refrigerator colder and will save energy.  Win/win.

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By Tika for CHEW WANNA EAT? © 2017

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