Ok, for ya non-cookers out there. I ain't got nuttin else to write about this morn'n, so's it may as well be a train'n session in cook'n a reasonably good pot of chili. This ain't gonna be no award win'n chili, but it's easy an' will satisfy most anybody's taste buds. Even south Texans.....home of real Tex-Mex Mexican food.
Go to Walmart for the ingredients. Although, you can purchase them at most any large grocery chain.
1. 2 pounds of ground beef.
Must be 80/20 for the taste giving fat content. Note: Never drain off the fats in a pot of chili.
2. A big ol' yeller onion. It must be yeller.
This will be cut in half an' diced (bout 1/3 cup). The other half can be tossed in the trash can. Or, you could use a smaller onion.
3. One can of diced maters an' one can of mater sauce.
It make no matter what brand you buy....a mater is a mater.
4. Three packages of McCormick chili seasoning.
It's a must that you purchase McCormick, otherwise you ain't gonna like your chili.
5. One can of Bushes Chili beans.
Beans in chili is a filler, nuttin more than that. DO NOT....never ever....place kidney beans in a pot of chili, ya ain't gonna like it. It must be nuttin but pinto beans...there's a law bout that ya know, an' Bushes Chili Beans IS pintos.
Ok, let's brew up a pot of easy to make chili. Are ya listen'n MsB???
Put you some oil in your pot. Bout 4 tablespoons full will be just fine. Enough so's the meat don't stick an' burn slap up. Crank the heat up an' start cook'n that 80/20 hamburger meat. Break it up to your own preference. At this time, it's a must, ya gotta do it....add salt an' pepper. Cook'n laws ya know.
When it's bout half cooked....you can tell by look'n at it, add that chopped half a onion. Cook some more, but 8 1/2 minutes be just fine to caramelize them onions...stir'n that stuff from time to time.
It's now time to add the remain'n ingredients, but they must be added in the following order. Maters first. Let it cook some more, like bout 5 minutes or so. Add one can of water at this time, or enough to cover the meat an' maters. Bring it back to a nice boil an' drop the heat to a slow boil. Don't forget this stuff has got to be stirred quite offen.
Open two of them three McCornick chili season packs an' slowly add 'em to the mix. Stir'n all the while ya know. At this point, we have us a pot of chili what can be eat just like it is....but not yet. We gonna add some beans. There's also a rest period that must be adhered to.
Before rest, let's throw in that can of Bushes Chili Beans just for the hell of it. Real chili ain't got no beans ya know, but this one does. Stir it up some more. Give it a taste test. Can ya taste the maters? If not, put ya some that mater sauce in it. Be'n careful not to add too much. Bout half a can will suffice. More water can be added at this time to meet your preference of "soupyness". The addition of water will determine how much more mater sauce an' chili season'n is added....a little at a time. Taste it. Before ya forget, stir it.
Ok, we get'n close now. Crank up the heat again to a nice boil, but no more than a few minutes. Stir it. Taste it. Does it taste something like chili? If not, begin add'n some more of that last pac of McCormick until your taste buds are happy.
Now it has got to rest. Not for 5 minutes, but for a freak'n hour or so.
Yum Yum, eat 'em up MsB !!!!
Please note, this is NOT "Billy Bob South Texas Chili".
I was plumb ass sick yesterday. Ya see, for lunch, I ate me up a left over big ol' bout half pound hamburger patty from the night before. No I didn't leave it sit'n on the stove overnight. Toasted bread, mayo an' a couple thick chunks of Colby cheese....an' some pickles, an' a bunch of Doritos. An' a glass of ice cold milk to warsh it down. That make me sleepy....an' sick like a dog. Alka Seltzer to the rescue....three times before the day is finished. But this morn'n, I feel like a hunnert dollar bill.
Last night I got to think'n. My think'n is headed off in the wrong direction again. I was let'n these "winter blues" an' family stress get to me. This old age an' cain't do nuttin no more get's to me too. But this morn'n, I feel like a hunnert dollar bill. But only after beat'n myself up for the last hour or so. I still have no future plans.
Only thing I done to that tug boat was to repaint that little extra lifeboat. Dang, it looks like a little lifeboat.
For Sissy. The tug boat is 34 inches long an' 6 1/2 inches wide. The Mississippi sternwheeler sit'n above it is 36 inches long an' 9 inches wide. Both are 48/1 scale or something like that.
Ok, we go'n on to bout 3 hours or so of internet time. "Sheesh Billy Bob, git yerself a life".