Woody's Chili

My father-in-law is a wonderful man, but he's not one you would normally find in the kitchen. He can make three things (well): scrambled eggs, pancakes, and chili. Now, I give the eggs and pancakes a 7, but the chili easily gets a 10. He swears he never makes it the same way twice, but I got the best I could out of him.

Because he loves me.

  • 2 lbs. ground beef (or ground turkey, which is much healthier)
  •  1 McCormick chili mix (he uses the hot one, but only uses that one package for the 2 lbs.)
  • 2 cans chili beans (I used 1 can chili beans and 1 can drained kidney beans, plus about half a can of water, but that's just because I forgot to get 2 cans of chili beans at the store)
  • 1 16oz. can tomato sauce
  • Big chunks of onion (for those of you who are thinking of leaving this out because of your picky eater, don't. While my husband hates onions, I cut them in big enough slices that he can push them aside, and they add huge flavor.)
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard (in the spice aisle). This is important!
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (minced or chopped)

  • Brown ground beef (or ground turkey) and drain fat
  • Pour the beef and all the ingredients in a crock pot and cook 4-6 hours on low
  • Alternately, put all ingredients in a large pot and heat on medium/high stove heat until warmed
  • Top with cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and/or sour cream
My father-in-law has produced some great stuff, particularly my husband. I am going to say that this is one of his best creations.

He's a talented man. I hope my children get his mustache.


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