The Great Chili Cook-Off

 

Which one is "Chili"?

 

Beth and I have different opinions of what chili really is. Her idea includes pasta (elbow macaroni) and mine is just meat, sauce, and beans. 

This past weekend, we both decided to make our favorite chili and prepare for some quick meals ahead.

 

 

Beth's Chili

 

Beth prefers to make her chili from scratch, mixing elbow macaroni, diced tomatoes, chili powder, ground beef, kidney beans, onions, and some other "secret" ingredients into a huge pot to cook for an hour.

 

 

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Mike's Chili

 

I build my chili from Carroll Shelby's Chili Kit.  This box kit is available in many grocery stores and some WalMarts.  For those of you who don't know the name Shelby, think hot-rod Ford Mustangs from the late '60s and early '70s.  Now he's making hot-rod chili!

 

 

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Beth is mixing all of her ingredients, getting ready for the ground beef.

 

 

 

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One of the big differences in our chili mixes is that I like to use cut steak vs ground beef. I begin with a nice cut of London Broil that was on sale at Kroger, cutting it into appx 1/2 -inch cubes and browning it lightly in a skillet over low heat.

 

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Beth has her sauce all mixed and ready for the meat and pasta.

 

 

 

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Everything is added - ground beef, beans, pasta.  Cook for 1 hour.

 

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In the crock pot, I mix the Carroll Shelby spices, salt, chili powder, tomato sauce, and other "secret" ingredients so it's ready when the meat is browned.

 

 

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Adding the meat.  The kidney beans are added about 10 minutes before it's done.

 

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Dinner is Served!!

 

 

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Mike's Chili (left) and Beth's Chili (right)

 

 

 

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