Jackson at Walden: Chili when its Chilly

Jackson at Walden gives you Chilly Chili. That’s right— a recipe for all the homemade chili lovers out there!

I love a healthy, hearty meal when its cold outside and since it has been chilly lately I figured I’d share my favourite recipe with you. This makes enough for the whole family and is a quick and easy solution after a long day of work. For your convenience you can get all of the ingredients below from the Save-on-foods right here in Walden.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 packages of lean ground meat (your choice). I use 1 pkg spicy ground sausage and 1 pkg lean ground turkey. The fat and flavour in the spicy sausage is incredible in this combo- a must try!
  • 1 tbsp of tomato paste, this just adds a ton of flavor and body. Highly concentrated secret.  A pantry MVP.
  • Two cans of diced tomatoes ( I pick the ones with green peppers and/or olive oil and garlic).
  • Beans. Kidney, black, white, 1 can of each.
  • 1 can of baked brown flavor of choice.
  • 1 can of corn.
  • 1/2 onion.
  • 1 tbsp of minced garlic.
  • 1 tbsp of anise seed ground up.
  • Two pinches of dried parsley.
  • 1 tsp of chili powder.
  • 1 tsp of smoked paprika.
  • 1 tbsp of Sriracha sauce. Amp up the heat by adding even more to the mix.
  • 1 tiny pinch of sea salt and cracked black pepper.
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar. You NEED the sugar anytime you use tomato or tomato paste.

I open up the kidney, black, white, and corn and rinse thoroughly, then mix them together in a separate bowl. You don’t have to use the entire amount, I typically use half or three quarters.

Next, I grab the biggest pot I own, and dice up the onion, sauteing it with the  garlic, anise and parsley.  I like to use a teaspoon of left over bacon fat for additional flavor and oil in the pot, so you can try that or just use olive oil.

Once the onions are translucent, add both packages of meat and gently turn in the other ingredients. At this point you can start mixing your tomato paste, pepper, salt, chili powder and paprika together. Once the meat is close to being cooked you can add the tomatoes, beans and corn.

Let all of the ingredients meld together for 30-60 minutes on very low heat, gently stirring occasionally….and voila…. a delicious chili that will warm you right up.

I hope you enjoy!

Whitney @ Jackson

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