#CookingWithKids: Chili Weather!
|My Little Man mashing bananas for cinnamon banana bread...and making faces, of course.|
One of my absolute fall favorites to cook is chili. From tailgating to cozy nights inside, this dish just gets better the longer it cooks. I tried to figure out how to incorporate my 4 year old into helping with this year's batch of chili, because handing him a knife and expecting him to dice onions really isn't feasible or safe.
The TouCan Can Opener- and like magic, my son opened all of my beans, diced tomatoes, paste and every other can in my pantry including multiple cans of tuna fish (yuck). You just pop the gadget on the lid of any can, press a button, and it maneuvers its way around the lid. The top of the can isn't sharp after it is cut, and you can actually put it back on the can!
Here is my award-winning, no-fail chili recipe that everyone in my family loves, adapted from the Boilermaker Tailgate Chili recipe from Allrecipes.com. If you can brown meat and cut veggies, you can make this!
2 lbs. ground turkey (or ground beef)
1 lb. bulk Italian sausage
5-8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
3 cans (15 oz each) chili beans, drained
1 can (15 oz) chili beans in spicy sauce
2 cans (28 oz each) diced tomatoes
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
1 large yellow onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 green and 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 green chili peppers, seeded and diced
4 cubes beef bouillon
1/2 cup beer (I love to use a rich ale or even IPA)
1/4 cup chili powder
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. minced garlic
1 T. dried oregano
2 t. ground cumin
2 t. hot pepper sauce
1 t. dried basil
1 t. salt
1 t. ground black pepper
1 t. cayenne pepper
1 t. paprika
1 t. white sugar
- Heat a large stock pot over medium high heat and crumble the ground turkey and sausage into the pan. Cook until browned and drain off grease.
- Pour in everything else, stir to blend, simmer on low for at least 2 hours stirring occasionally.
Disclosure: Thank you to TELEBrands for sending the cute TouCan my way! All opinions are honest and my own, as always.