Chili-stuffed Peppers

Chili-stuffed Peppers

Chili-stuffed Peppers

This is a really simple approach to chili that works with a variety of spices that you might have on-hand (as long as that includes chili powder!):

  1. Place a pound of seasoned 80/20 ground beef in a cold saucepan
  2. Put the saucepan on the stove at medium heat
  3. Allow the beef to cook, stirring every few minutes, until the water from the meat has evaporated
  4. Cook for a few more minutes to brown the meat, stirring a bit more regularly to avoid burning
  5. Add 1/2c of tomato sauce and 1/2c of water, reduce heat to a simmer (you could do 1c of tomato sauce, or water and tomato paste)
  6. Add a first round of spices, I used something like: 1t garlic powder, 1t smoked paprika, 1T chili powder, 1/2t clove powder
  7. Simmer for 30m, then add another round of spices. I used 1t smoked paprika, 1T chili powder, 1T cumin. You can also add a bit of lime juice or vinegar.
  8. Simmer for another 30-60m or so, adjusting liquid as necessary, until the beef is nice and tender and the desired thickness is achieved
  9. Do a final adjustment for spices and seasoning
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