This recipe is one that my parents have been cooking for years. The version they cook comes from Tony Chachere’s Microwave cookbook. I’ve adapted my own version because for one thing I don’t have a big enough microwave, they make them smaller nowadays! Also, my tastes are a little different and I like to smell something yummy simmering on the stove for a while! Once you’ve tried He-Man chili, regular ground meat with chili powder will no longer deserve the name “Chili” in your book!
Christen’s Version of Tony’s He-Man Chili
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 pkg. bacon, cut into bite size pieces
1/2 lb. sausage of your choice – you can use more if you like (I don’t like)
1 pkg. frozen Seasoning Blend vegetables
2-3 cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup beer
1 can diced Rotel tomatoes
1 can regular diced tomatoes
2 cans red kidney beans
1 can pinto beans
Seasoning to taste (Tony’s creole seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt)
Cut sausage into bite size pieces. In a pot with a little oil, brown ground beef, bacon and sausage until no longer pink. Add the frozen vegetable blend and minced garlic. Once the vegetables have softened, add the rest of the ingredients, stirring well to mix. Season to taste. Cook for 1 hour on low-medium heat. Serve with cubed sharp cheddar cheese and cornbread (if desired).
Verdict: As I said, my family has been making this chili for years so it comes as no surprise to anyone for me to give this two thumbs up. If it counted, I would even give it two big toes up 😉 It’s fantastic. Run, don’t walk, to the store to get the ingredients NOW!