September 27, 2016

Uncle John’s Chili

2½ lb. hamburger
1 t. kosher salt
1 t. pepper
1 c. chopped onions
chili powder, to taste
1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes with chilies
1 c. ketchup
1/2 c. relish
1 15-oz. can chili beans
3 15-oz. cans dark red kidney beans

Brown hamburger, drain off fat and break into chunks; add salt, pepper, onions and chili powder; set aside. In a large kettle, combine tomatoes, ketchup, relish and beans and cook; stir in meat mixture and simmer 10-15 minutes.

First meal: serve with crackers.

Second meal: reheat in microwave and add 1/2 cup chopped celery and 1/2 cup chopped hot, sweet red peppers.

Third meal: reheat in microwave and add mozzarella or cheddar cheese.

Fourth meal: serve over corn muffins. Fifth meal: add 1 cup cooked, drained macaroni and serve with toasted garlic bread. Freezing leftovers in one meal portions provides a quick meal without eating the same thing meal after meal.

Deborah Black, Sandusky