THIS FAT OLD LADY’S ME MONDAY – THE BIG CHILI

I made my Grandpa Cotter’s Deer Camp Chili recipe the other day.

Either there were a lot of guys up at that deer camp or they were astoundingly hungry.

I ended up making a vat of the stuff.  (Perhaps I exaggerate a wee bit.)

It’s pretty good, although it is truly Michigan chili – not spicy at all.  Which, of course, is just fine with me (Michigan girl that I am).

My husband wanted to know where I was going to get the venison for the chili, and I had to explain that, no, this is the chili they ate while waiting to get their deer.  At least, that’s the assumption I’m making because I am not eating ground up Bambi in my chili, thank you very much.

I love the “manly” directions too – a can of this and a big can of that – none of this namby-pamby accurate sizes for manly-men. 

GRANDPA COTTER’S DEER CAMP CHILI

2# ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
4 C pinto beans
1 C dark red kidney beans, with liquid
2 large cans tomato puree
2 T chili powder
½ t black pepper
1 T chicken bouillon
1 T brown sugar
1 t cocoa

Brown beef, onion and garlic.  Stir in tomato puree and spices.  Bring to a simmer and cook 1-2 hours.  Stir in beans and liquid.  Continue cooking 2 hours more.  Serve with chopped fresh onion and cheese.

I made mine in the crock pot, so it simmered most of the day.  It was good, but I expect it’ll be even better now that it’s been the refrigerator for a couple of days.

Guess I’ll find out, since tonight we’re having Chili Cheese Dog Bubble-Up Bake to use up some of this chili. 

With the colder weather, Leo has gone back to sleeping under the covers, so fair warning Leo – chili is on the menu again tonight! 

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