Willie Ruth is "Meemo" to me. And what is better than a family recipe that is easy and fail proof? I can't believe I've never posted this recipe. It's one of our stand by recipes.
This chili is not too spicy. It's just simple and delicious.
Here are her instructions:
For every pound of ground beef add:
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 can of kidney beans
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
3 tablespoons of chili powder
1 onion, diced.
Brown the ground beef and onion then add the remaining ingredients.
That's it!!! It is so simple to make. Of course you can add heat. Occasionally I'll add to this recipe and spice it up a little bit.
Yesterday I made Meemo's chili recipe but I made a couple of additions. I thought it turned out pretty darn good.
1 tsp. of oregano
1 tablespoon of cumin
1/4 tsp. of cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
1 can beer
Then I wanted to try something I've never done before. Pioneer Woman adds Masa to her chili. So I added 1/4 cup of ground masa in 1/2 cup of water and added it to the chili. It thickens it slightly and gives it a nice mild corn flavor. It was yummy!
I'm sure Meemo wouldn't like me putting beer in her chili! But it gave it a wonderful flavor and all of the alcohol cooks out of the soup. I sure miss her! She was a great woman!
Life on the lake is laid back. When we cook it's far from being fancy affair. It's all about relaxing with friends and family and enjoying comfort food. More often than not it's not all that healthy but boy it sure is good!!!