Leasmom wanted me to share the recipes for my chili and cornbread , so I decided to post them today , it's a great meal for chilly October nights. I love chili beans , but I usually make them different each time , depending on what ingredients I have on hand and how much. So , I'll try to give a estimate of the ingredients , since I didn't measure most of them.
1 lb ~ Dry Pintos
1/2 lb ~ Dry Kidney Beans
1 Quart of canned tomatoes ( From Garden )
1 26 oz can of Del-monte spaghetti sauce ( had on hand instead of tomato sauce )
2 lbs of ground round or ground beef
1 large bell pepper (I used 3 small ones from the garden)
Fresh Garlic ~ 8-10 cloves or to your taste (we love garlic)
3 tbsp of chili powder
1 tsp of paprika
Prep beans and rinse , put in pot with water to cover , bring to boil. Turn heat down , cook for 15 minutes. Turn beans off and let soak for a hour or two , you can do this the night before and let them soak overnight. At this point you can add beans to a crock pot or finish cooking on the stove if you're at home for the day. Go ahead and add canned tomatoes and sauce , you may need to add a little more water. Turn beans back on and let them start cooking again. Brown your meat , onions , peppers in a skillet , add to beans. I use my garlic press to mince the garlic cloves , add to bean mixture. Add chili powder and paprika , stir in well. Let beans continue to cook until done. I like hot chili beans , but since the grands will be eating them too , I just chop some jalapenos to add when we serve the beans.
2 cups self rising cornmeal
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup veggie oil ( I use canola)
1 cup of buttermilk or 1 cup milk (add 1 tbsp of vinegar) for sour milk
2 jalapenos , seeded and diced
8 inch cast iron skillet , greased and sprinkled with cornmeal
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add eggs to large bowl and beat slightly , add buttermilk and oil to egg mixture , stir well. Add 2 cups self rising cornmeal and 1 tsp of baking powder to mixture , stir well , add jalapenos , stir again. You can add some cheddar cheese to the mixture if you like or I just sprinkled some on top of the batter since I only had a small amount of cheese on hand. I'm not sure about the baking time , I just keep a close eye on it and bake until done.
Let me know if you have any questions.
~ Autumn Blessings ~