Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Kindergarten Texas Chili

When I first started teaching I was teaching kindergarten in Waco. Each spring we had a TEXAS unit where we taught the kids about all things TEXAS. It was a week full of bluebonnets, yellow roses and mockingbirds. Of course no TEXAS week would be complete without a chili cook off so of course we had one- between the kindergarten classes! It was a hoot- the teachers really got into it, typed up lists of ingredients, and the kids brought them in. I taught with some highly competitive, experienced teachers so of course I was motivated to beat them, and did with the recipe below!

1 lb lean ground beef
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 small can tomato paste
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes (I love the petite diced)
1 t cumin
1 t paprika
2 t chili powder
1 t oregano
1 t salt
1/2 t red pepper
1 t pepper
1 can hot chili beans
shredded cheddar cheese

Brown meat, onions, and garlic in large cooking pot. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 2 hours. Serve over Frito's and top with cheese.

TIP OF THE DAY: If you like thicker chili, omit the can of tomato sauce. If you are in a pinch, instead of all of the seasonings, use a chili mix packet.

Tomorrow's Daily Special: Breakfast Pizza