Last year, (seems funny to say that!) I mentioned an organization, National WWII Museum, that sends handmade knitted, or crocheted scarves to American Veterans, which Sissy and I both donate scarves to. This year, 😉 I’d like to mention another organization that sends handmade knitted, or crocheted sweaters – these are SUPER simple – baby blankets, and newborn caps to children all over the world, through World Vision. If you knit, or crochet, please consider creating an item or two, for a child who would greatly benefit from your labor of love. Thanks!
I love chili. The spicier, the better. When I read this recipe, I was not so sure about adding cocoa powder, but it really makes it taste great. Different, but still tasty.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 Cup finely chopped onion
- 3 cloves garlic, sliced
- 2 cans (14.5 oz each) Mexican-style stewed tomatoes, with their liquid (I use Rotel, and since it comes in 10 oz cans, I use 3 cans.)
- 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
- 1 can kidney beans
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 8 oz cooked and drained spaghetti (I like Schar noodles the best, but whatever brand you use, be sure to add a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil to the boiling water, or you’ll end up with a lump of sticky pasta.)
- Shredded cheddar cheese
Place the beef, onion, and garlic in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring to break up the lumps, until the beef browns all over, and the onions and garlic are softened, 4-5 minutes. Drain fat off beef mixture. Add the tomatoes with their liquid, and the tomato sauce, chili powder, cocoa, cinnamon, and allspice. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Boil spaghetti noodles according to package directions – don’t forget to add vegetable oil – while chili simmers.
To serve, spoon the spaghetti into serving bowls, top spaghetti with the chili. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
This recipe makes 4-6 adult servings of the chili, but only around 3 of the noodles. Adjust your noodles accordingly. It taste great as leftovers, too.
I wish you well.
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