My mom brought me a big bag of fresh garden tomatoes the other day. Garden tomatoes have such an amazing flavor. A flavor unlike any store-bought tomato.
Rather than eating the usual BLT or making salsa with the tomatoes, I wanted to try something different. I had seen a recipe for Fresh Tomato Chili awhile back and I wanted to create my own version.
I am super happy with how it turned out and the flavor is incredible. I prefer a thick and chunky chili and so I simmered mine with the lid off and that way the liquid evaporated. To top it all off, I added a healthy amount of shredded Cheddar, a dollop of sour cream and some green onions . . . mmm.
I will make this recipe over and over again. If you can't get any garden tomatoes, you can always use regular store-bought tomatoes. The flavor will be a little different, but it will still be good. If you like a little kick to your chili, you can add some chipotle chili powder or a diced canned chipotle chili in adobo.
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1/2 Lb. lean ground beef
1/2 Lb. ground pork or ground turkey
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
1/3 c. finely chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
*10 med-large tomatoes, peeled, seeded
and roughly chopped
1 Tbl. chili powder, or to taste
2 tsp. ground cumin, or to taste
2 tsp. garlic powder, or to taste
1 tsp. oregano, or to taste
2 bay leaves, opt.
1 Tbl. brown sugar
salt and pepper
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can chili beans, undrained
shredded Cheddar cheese
chopped green onions
Fritos or tortilla chips
Brown ground beef and ground pork or turkey in a large pot over medium heat. A few minutes before it is completely cooked through, add the chopped bell pepper and onion and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and saute 30 more seconds. Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for at least 30 minutes. I like to simmer mine for at least 2 hours for better flavor. The longer it simmers the more the liquid will evaporate. If you like more liquid, then simmer with the lid on. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed.
Garnish with sour cream, grated Cheddar cheese, chopped green onions and serve with Fritos or crushed tortilla chips. Serves: 4.
*For the tomatoes: Soak in hot water for 2 minutes and use a paring knife to remove the peel. Cut in half horizontally and remove the seeds. Remove the stem and roughly chop. These will break down during the cooking process, so no need to be precise here.
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