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On a cold, rainy day don’t you want some good comfort food? Something warm, tasty and easy to prepare? I love making chili or vegetable beef stew on days like that.
It’s easy to prepare in the Crockpot or slow cooker but I love to simmer it all day on the stove top in my Dutch oven. I’ll prepare it in the morning around 10 or so and then I can stir (ok, taste!) every so often and adjust the spices if needed(that’s just an excuse to taste test lol).
I love that you can add more spice to suit your personal taste. And garnish, like chopped onions, grated cheese, I even have a friend that likes a dollop of sour cream on hers! The house smells so good and ‘homey’ with a good pot of chili or soup simmering. There’s nothing quite as comforting to me other than cuddling with my kitty under a warm blanket.
This is my recipe, adapted with touches from my mom and my mother-in-law with touches of my own. You can add a few drops of Louisiana Red Hot sauce like my mom, or ketchup(my choice) like my mother-in-law, maybe elbow macaroni like my grandma. I grew up cooking like my mother-in-law and grandma with a pinch of this or a dash of that but the beauty is you can do it to your personal taste and there’s really no messing up! Add crumbled crackers or corn chips, or even make chili dogs. Enjoy! Let me know how you like it.