So I’m sitting here warming my favorite spot on the sofa, super-soft yoga pants covering my unshaven legs, socks covering my chipped toenail polish, and I remembered something else I love about this time of year.
It’s Chili Time.
I’m not much of a spicy food kind of gal. My dad measures good chili by how many napkins required to dry the sweat off your face. Not me. I like a good, warm, hearty dish – but not one that sets my mouth on fire.
By the way – here’s a free piece of advice for all of you not accustomed to hot & spicy – if your mouth is all aflame, eat a piece of bread or drink a glass of milk. Drinking water will just make it worse.
So the chili. When we lived in Iowa, I borrowed/stole/adapted the best non-spicy chili recipe EVER. Michael calls it “Sweet and Sassy.”
Subtitled, in his best East Texas twang, “I lak mah chili lak I lak mah woman!”
I’m choosing to take that as a compliment.
This chili is one of the few dishes I serve that does not involve spaghetti or breakfast cereal. I’m 99.5% a Dream Dinners gal, which at this season of life, makes everyone happy – most of all, moi. Happy Wife=Happy Life. If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. You get the idea. If I can’t pull it out of the freezer and have it on the table in 30 minutes, then it’s Breakfast for Dinner.
I promise I’m getting to the recipe.
Here it is:
JENNIFER’S SWEET & SASSY CHILI
3 large cans of Bush’s Baked Beans (3 different flavors)
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 lb. lean ground turkey
1/2 link of fully cooked smoked sausage, cut into 1 inch slices
1 can chopped tomatoes
Brown the meat. Add a little chopped onion if you’re feeling frisky. Or dried onion flakes if you don’t like chopping onion. Throw it all in a crock pot. Cook on low for 8ish hours.
Depending on the size of your crock pot, you can also add tomato sauce and/or black beans – or whatever sounds good. This is one of the recipes that is never the same twice. But it’s never not yummy.
I sprinkle some cheese on top and serve it with cornbread. Supreme deliciousness.
Second only to cold cereal.