Please don’t worry. You don’t need a recipe to make chili. You can make chili however you want, and I want you to do that because you have the power and the knowledge in your life to make these decisions. Here are the only things you need to know:
1. Do you eat meat?
2. If yes, choose your favorite out of ground turkey, beef or chicken. If no, mush up some tofu, get some TVP or just use plain old kidney beans.
3. What vegetables do you like? Common ingredients include onions, peppers, beans and corn, but you could also try crazy add-ins like carrots or mushrooms!
4. Cook 1lb of the meat of your choice in a frying pan (med-high heat) or use the equivalent vege substitute. Use more if you’re not planning on including beans, which act as protein and therefore part of the base of the chili.
5. Saute your vegetables over medium heat until slightly soft, about 5 minutes. You do not have to saute corn or beans as they are already soft.
6. Put everything in a pot with 2 tbsp chili powder, 1 tbsp ground cumin, a couple cloves of garlic if you like garlic and cayenne pepper to taste if you like spicy. Pinch of salt is good too.
7. Add tomato stuff. Really. It could be anything: tomato juice, ketchup, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes. Mix any tomato stuff and water into the pot until you have a consistency a little more liquidy than you want the chili to end up.
8. Simmer (med-low heat with few bubbles popping up every few seconds) for a least a half hour. The longer you go, the thicker it will get, and the more the flavors will all blend together and be wonderful.
9. Chili tastes good topped with creamy things. These can include: cheese, sour cream or avocado. Also crunchy things like crushed tortilla strips.
If you’ve NEVER made chili and want a more concrete recipe or don’t believe me, this is a pretty standard one that I’ve made and enjoyed: Turkey Chili with Beans. And here is a non-traditional recipe that I saw on Barefoot Contessa that I have not tried yet but looks interesting and has won awards: Devon’s Award-Winning Chili Recipe. Yummm chili, such a good and hearty way to feed yourself!