shelter from the storm

cooking for one... or two

Categories: Soups, Dinner for Two, Supper, Lunch, Posted on December 4, 2020 by Sandy Bergsten

Whether you’re getting slammed by Jack Frost or being asked to shelter-in-place, right now might be the perfect time to make a big pot of chili. 

I love my recipe, it’s a nourishing meaty stew that gets its sweetness from carrots and red bell peppers. The best part is that it freezes beautifully. So go ahead and make a double batch. 

For Sandy’s chili sauté the ground beef until brown in a large pot over medium heat. 

Remove the meat from the pot and drain.

In the same pot sauté the chopped onion, red pepper, carrot and garlic until softened, about 5-10 minutes. 

Return the meat to the pot. Stir in the chili powder and cumin.

Add the beef broth, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and kidney beans. 

Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. 

Stir occasionally until reduced by one quarter. Season with salt and pepper.

I serve my chili over steamed rice. I highly recommend investing in a rice cooker. It makes perfect rice every time and keeps it warm and fluffy for hours.

Offer the following toppings...

Chopped onion and cilantro, grated cheese and sour cream.

Let the rest of the pot cool to room temperature. Portion it out and stow it in your freezer. That way whenever the need arises, a bowl of comfort is always within reach.

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