Saturday, March 31, 2012

Winner Winner CHILI Dinner!

Like most  all of my readers, we didn't win the mega millions drawing. Of course, in order to win, you need to play. We don't have a lottery in our state, and I didn't particularly feel like driving across state lines to buy a ticket.

But that doesn't mean we can't win something this week, right?

The church had a chili cookoff last night. I always love entering a cooking contest. Leelee also has a love of entering. Heck, she loves any excuse to cook or bake.

I decided to make my special chili where I add cocoa powder and a bit of cinnamon. It gives it a great flavor.

Leelee had never made a chili before so I found an easy peasy recipe for her. I can't remember exactly how I found the recipe at Grateful Belly. I'm sure it was through a link party. I left the house and told her to have at it.

When I got home, she said the recipe was easy but it was a bit bland so she added a LOT more chili powder. I'm not sure how much she added, maybe an extra two tablespoons. She also added a smidge of cumin. The chili wasn't hot at first...then it came at the end and went GOTCHA to your tongue.

Apparently, the judges appreciated the spice at the end.

I guess I just have to accept that my teenaged daughter is a better cook than I am.

Leelee's Award Winning Chili

1 lbs. ground beef
1 cup water
16 oz. tomato sauce
1 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  4 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 large onion, diced
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 T cumin
1 can of corn, drained
2 cans kidney beans
shredded cheddar (optional)

In a large pot, brown and drain ground beef.  
Add water and tomato sauce, then add everything else.  
Heat through, and serve.
Serve with cheddar on top. Maybe even some sour cream if the heat gets to be too much.

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  1. Congratulations! My husband always likes to add more chili powder too, after we feed the kids. He likes it spicy, and they don't:)

  2. We had a chilly, rainy day today and this chili would have been perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Yummy - love a good chili recipe. Love that your daughter is a better cook than you, I'd love to have someone else take over the dinner making job for a few days.
    ~Amy @ Permanent Kisses

  4. I have been looking for a good chili recipe. We are having a pot luck next weekend and I will be trying this out. Thank you for sharing!

    New follower from A Night Owl

  5. How sweet. A adorable award winner. I love that she took some chances and made the recipe her own...ok, and that hair is to die long as it didn't end up in the chili :)


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