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Chili for Billy

Posted October 28, 2008

Did you see the sky yesterday? Swirls of gray and charcoal in mysterious and intricate designs. If there was a message in the cloudy cauldron it was this - winter is on the way.

Today the winds are whipping outside and the first killing frost is in the forecast. I know many of you are reaching for your favorite soup and other cold weather recipes to get your family through the downturn in temperatures.

I have a dilemma today. It is my night to cook for the family and I have misplaced my favorite recipe for chili. Could you come to my aid please? Please share your favorite chili recipes. The one I choose to use tonight will win the author a musical prize.

Thanks for helping a guy in a bind. Some chili for Billy, please!


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  • Topsail Girl Oct 29, 2008

    Thanks Mdoodle!!!

  • blytle Oct 29, 2008

    Topsail Girl: You'll love this soup. We like it better than traditional chili. Go to the Food Network website and do a search for Taco Soup. It should be the first recipe to come up. It may also be in one of Paula Deen's cookbooks, but I'm not sure.

  • Topsail Girl Oct 29, 2008

    mdoodle - your taco soup sounds yummy. Is this recipe from a Paula Deen cookbook or website? I'd love to be able to print this out.

  • wballanceunc Oct 29, 2008

    Not a whole recipe but I thought I would throw this out there. In my mom's recipe she uses chunky salsa to save some time. This gives you chopped peppers, onions and tomatoes without all the prep work. We do tend to add a little more though. Also she uses V8 juice.

  • Topsail Girl Oct 29, 2008

    I agree using a chili "kit" in a pinch is ok but it isn't home made by any stretch of the imagination. It's cheating LOL :-)

  • shc0729 Oct 28, 2008

    Start with "Carroll Shelbys Original Texas Brand Chili Kit". Follow directions. I add 1 can pinto beans. Delicious and quick.
    I have bought the kit @ Lowes Foods, Walmart and Piggly Wiggly grocery stores

  • grandmagail Oct 28, 2008

    I never read this yesterday but I made chili today. My recipe I got from my daughter.
    1 lb hamburger, browned and drained
    1 large bottle of tomato juice
    half bottle of water
    3 cans of pinto beans, rinsed
    2 tbsp chili powder
    Salt and pepper to taste

  • Silver loves Rebel Red puppies Oct 28, 2008

    One more thing, add to the boiling water a medium diced onion and three or four chopped garlic cloves, while adding the beans.

  • Silver loves Rebel Red puppies Oct 28, 2008

    I like multi-meat, multi-bean chilli. Boil a package of skinlees bonless chicken breast pieces. Remove and cool the meat when it's done, tear into chunks. Brown some ground beef or other ground meat and drain, reserve with the chicken. Slice some kielbasa or italian sausage into rounds and reserve with other meats. To the boiling water, add 3 beef bouillon cubes, salt (or not), chilli powder or Texas Pete, a can of black beans, a can of large lima beans, a can of pinto beans, a can of great northern beans. Reduce heat to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add all meats to the pot, return to a simmer. Adjust seasonings to taste.

  • dianen777 Oct 28, 2008

    If you're trying to eat a little healthier, here's a great recipe for white chicken chili. 1 lb great northern beans soaked, or 2-3 cans. 1 medium onion, chopped. 2-4 oz cans of green chilies. 3 cloves of fresh garlic. 2 lbs. of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. You can use the precooked chicken sold in cans, or chicken strips. 1 can of chicken broth. 1 cup water. 2 tsp cumin, 1 tsp oregano, and 1 tsp cayenne. I made this last week for a crowd and it was a huge hit. You can skip the cayaenne to make it milder, or add more to crank up the heat!




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