Christmas Chili

100_0104.jpgEvery Christmas Eve my family gets together to open gifts and enjoy each other’s company.  We all make simple dishes, like appetizers, pickups and this chili.  Then we let the children help us pass out presents and we take turns, youngest to oldest, opening gifts (one at a time).  The kids can hardly wait for their turns to come around each time!

Afterwards we clean up the paper and empty boxes, then leave a little something for Santa and his reindeer.

I rarely remember the gifts I open from one Christmas to the next, but I will never forget the wonderful blessing that it is to have my family nearby for the holidays.  I hope you are that fortunate as well.  Merry Christmas!

Christmas Chili

  • 1 ½ lbs ground round
  • 2 medium white onions , diced
  • 2 large bell peppers , diced
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder , divided
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder , divided
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 3 (14 ½ ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
  • 3 (14 ½ ounce) cans chili beans
  • 1 (8 ounce) can beer
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • grated cheddar cheese
  • chopped onion

1 Place beef, onions and bell peppers in large Dutch oven.

2 Sprinkle with 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, and basil.

3 Using a wooden spoon, blend together and brown very slowly.

4 You may drain if desired, but mine didn’t have a lot of grease, so I didn’t bother.

5 Place tomatoes in food processor and process just long enough to cup up large pieces.

6 Put tomatoes, beans and beer in with meat and bring to a low simmer.

7 Add remaining chili and garlic powder.

8 Add pepper.

9 Cook slowly for at least 2 hours.

10 Serve with cheese and onion.

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