~ Chili ~

1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion (chopped)
1 can beans ( you can use kidney beans, pinto beans, chilli beans, my favorite is just good old pork and beans.)
1 8 oz can diced tomatoes
1 pk. chilli seasoning mix ( these mixes can be as cheap as 50 cents, I like to buy a couple just to have on hand)
1 tablespoon brown sugar

Brown your ground beef, with your chopped onion, drain off the extra fat, add all the other ingredients and bring to a boil, reduce heat and leave on low for at least 30 minutes. stir it once in a while. If you rather you can put it all in the oven at 300° and bake it for 30 minutes and then turn on to lowest oven temp. Until you want to serve it. I like to serve this with some grated cheese and crackers.

People get caught up in thinking that you can only make foods using certain kinds of ingredients, and most of the time there are lots of different things that can be used. If you don’t have any seasoning packages on hand make up your own, red pepper and salt and pepper will still make a good chilli. You can use almost any kind of tomato, tomato sauce, whole tomatoes, just chop them up with a fork. Tomato juice will work too. Don’t be afraid to try different things. Add spices a little at a time, less is better, you can add more, but its hard to take out when its to much.

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