Monday, 2 November 2015

Halloween Night Chili

As expected, Halloween night was a wet one.  The rain came just in time for the trick or treaters to hit the streets.

Only one of ours went out, the rest are too old for trick or treating.  But that didn't stop them from dressing up.  Halloween parties quickly take the place of collecting candy door to door.

I made a wicked batch of chili, roasted some pumpkin seeds, and ate an obscene amount of chocolate.

The next time you roast pumpkin seeds, add a splash of sriracha sauce to the oil and salt that you toss the seeds in.  Amazing!

And if you're looking for a good chili recipe, for Halloween night, or any other night, try this one.  It's got just the right mix of meat, beans, and spice.

Chili Con Carne

2 lbs extra lean ground beef
2 ribs celery, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 medium sized onions, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 large cans tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
2 cans red kidney beans, drained
2 cans mixed beans, drained
3 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp dried parsley
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
a few dashes of Tabasco sauce

Scramble fry the beef, celery, pepper, and onions with one tablespoon of the chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, until the meat is cooked and the vegetables are soft.  Add the garlic and stir to combine, remove from heat.   I read something once about layering flavours in dishes.  I think that's what I did here.  Spicing the meat separately adds an extra layer of flavour to the chili.

Are you laughing at me?  I really did read it somewhere.

Combine the remaining ingredients in either a large slow cooker or a large pot.  I prepared this in my slow cooker but it can simmer just as easily on the stove.  Add the beef mixture and stir well.  Simmer on the stove top for an hour, stirring occasionally, or cook 4-6 hours on low in a slow cooker.

You can play it pretty loosey goosey with the spices.  I sometimes add more or less of the amounts listed.  Go with what you love and make it yours!

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  1. Wow, I have just eaten my dinner yet the pictures of that chilli have me licking my lips! Glad your Halloween fun wasn't ruined by the rain. #mg

  2. Great collage of photos ~ (looks similar to mine) and I love chili ~ recipe sounds delicious! Wonderful post for OWT ~

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  3. sounds and look delicious, making me so hungry! Love the costumes too, thanks for linking up with me #mg

  4. I haven't had Chilli con carne for ages and this looks delicious. I love the costumes as well. Thanks for linking up and sharing at #AnythingGoes.

  5. I had an impromptu party at my house - so we just ordered pizza. but we all had so much fun, I'd love to make it an annual tradition. Especially since our kids are around the same ages and all went trick or treating together --- and all us adults did too. (I spy the Captain!!) We were lucky to get a very mild night - I didn't even wear a coat and I had short sleeve dress on. But normally, it is freezing!! Saving this recipe for next year :)

  6. Yummy your chili looks tasty :) Aww it looks like they still had a great time, even with the rain..

  7. Looks so yummy! would definitely be a good treat to munch after trick or treating...although I stuffed a lot of sweeties myself after my kids went trick or treating Lovely costumes too! #mg

  8. Oh gosh reading this has made my mouth water lol. Looks like you had a fab Halloween too.xx

  9. Great costumes! I hope everyone had a rockin' Halloween!

  10. Looks like a fun Halloween. I will have to try the sriracha pumpkin seeds!

  11. Mm.. we could have used that! It's always a challenge to eat nourishing meals on Halloween. Loving the photos!
    We had a good one. We were sick but we still partied!

  12. Looks delicious and loved the Halloween pics too! Thanks for sharing with us at the Brag About It Link Party! Have a great week!

  13. This sounds really good!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  14. Yummy! Thanks for linking on Amanda's Books and More! My Picture Perfect Party Linky:

  15. Yum! I am having company this weekend and thinking of going the chili route, it looks amazing!

  16. I have always made chili on Halloween. It can simmer on the back of the stove while we are out trick or treating. When we get home it's the perfect time for a nice warm bowlful!

  17. We always spice our meat separate too! My husband is convinced it makes a difference!

  18. Hopping here from The Great Blog Train. Following via Twitter and e-mail. Blessings to you and yours!

  19. Looks like fun! Your chili is making my preggo self hungry! :)

  20. Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing on the Healthy Living Link Party.

  21. You had me at the first photo! OMG! How I miss a good real corn bread and hearty chili. Thank you for the recipe :D

  22. Looks amazing and great outfits! #PoCoLo

  23. This looks great. Hubby is a big fan of chilli con carne, so this is going on the list to give a try!

  24. This chili recipe looks so good.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe with us at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.

  25. The Chili looks Delicious! We had the same problem where it rained the entire night of Halloween! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty!

  26. Jenn I made Chilli on halloween too :) Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

  27. i love halloween but not so much the trick or treating .. but your chilli looks immense and i would have loved this on halloween!
    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

  28. It had been sunny most of the week and decided to rain the day of Halloween here as well! Nice job on the window decor, it looks great! I want to start the tradition of making a chili Halloween night... we did this year but it was just okay, so I will have to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing at Talented Tuesday.

  29. Perfect! Chilli is such a perfect fall meal, I can't wait to try your recipe!

  30. Hi! Thanks for linking up to last week's Tasty Tuesday linky! I have pinned your recipe to the Creative K's Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board. I hope you'll join us again tomorrow!

  31. I'm totally craving chili now. It's the perfect fall/winter food.

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely day.

  32. Looks like a great bowl of Chili! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  33. This looks like a great chili! I like how you seasoned your meat separately to add another layer of flavor. :) Thanks for sharing with us on Five Friday Finds!

  34. Ooo a delicious chilli is perfect to warm you up on a cold wet evening. Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare. Don't forget to tweet me a link to your recipe & I will RT :-)


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