” Next to jazz music, there is nothing that lifts the spirit and strengthens the soul more than a good bowl of chili. ” -Harry James
Before a week ago Tuesday, I had never made chili in my life. I didn’t really use a recipe, either, which is a pretty bold move for me. In light of both of those things, I think the finished product turned out remarkably well. All my “guinea pigs” who ate it offered up positive reviews, which was enough to make me satisfied.
I was raised on my Mom’s chili, which is very mild, with hints of sweetness. Not being a fan of anything too picante, I aimed for a similar tasting chili. There was no ground beef to be found in the house, so it ended up being vegetarian, as well.
My ingredients were as follows:
-1 large can of tomato sauce
-Several cans-full of warm water
-Small can of kidney beans
-Big can of pinto beans
-Pinch (just a pinch) of cayenne pepper
To start, just combine the tomato sauce and water, then add your beans. I started by adding moderate amounts of the spices (a few teaspoons of chili powder and brown sugar, a few dashes of salt, etc.,) Mix ’em in well, then just taste the chili and add more of whatever until it tastes right. Let it simmer for a few hours to reach perfection. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips. I made a toss salad, as well. Mucho yum yum, if you ask me.