Friday, February 25, 2011

Quick dinner to warm you up...

We've been in the midst of an excruciatingly cold and snowy stretch of weather here in Palouse and the surrounding area, with nighttime lows in the single digits (below zero in some areas)...brrr. So, in the midst of all this bone-chilling cold, here's my take on a quick and easy chili to warm you up.

  1. 3 T olive oil
  2. 1 onion chopped fine
  3. 1 rounded tsp crushed garlic
  4. 3 T chili powder
  5. 1 4 oz can chopped jalapenos (for a little extra heat)
  6. 1 can kidney beans
  7. 1 can black beans
  8. 1 can Great Northern beans
  9. 1 large can or jar spaghetti sauce 
    *meat is optional (add any cooked chicken breast, cooked ground beef, cooked shredded beef - whatever you like - or keep it vegetarian)

    • Drain and rinse all beans. Set aside.
    • In a heavy pot, saute onions and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for a few minutes.
    • Add all of the beans, spaghetti sauce, jalapenos, chili powder, and the meat (if you choose to).
    • Stir well. Cover, and heat through. Once it's piping hot, it's done. (If it's ready before you are, reduce heat and let it simmer.)

    Serve with a dollop of sour cream and tortilla chips:

    With a side of cornbread (this is a Marie Callender's mix - all you add is water):

    Or, grab a spoon and eat it straight out of the pot (this, however, should not be captured in pictures). 

    Happy Weekend (and stay warm)!
    -The Grocer's Wife