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Southwest Chili (my family has dubbed it 'Southwest stuff')
Sizes vary based on how much you want to make... can exclude ingredients/add different stuff. It's good with lots of different things. Measurements aren't very specific for this.
1-2 lb ground beef (it'd work with chicken, too!)
1 can diced tomatoes (or fresh, which I prefer)
Minced onions (like 1/2-1 onion? based on how much you want)
1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can great northern beans (or any other beans)
1 can whole kernel corn
A bit of water
A really big pot
-Brown the ground beef, drain (rinse if you want, I do).
-Sautee the onions in olive oil until a little tender (we usually do this in the big pot since ours are well suited for sauteeing).
-Add browned ground beef and onions to big pot.
-Open the bean cans, drain, and add. You don't have to go too crazy with the draining. Usually half ends up staying in there. I use the lid that was removed with the can opener, just held over the can.
-Drain and add the corn.
-Add the tomatoes (leave juices- don't drain).
-From here, add a bit of water to make it the chili consistency you want. Keep in mind that some will evaporate out, depending how long you simmer. It doesn't take much water, though. Like 1-2 cups? We don't measure, lol.
-Add the taco seasoning (depending on how big your batch is, you might need two packages... I like to make mine myself based on this recipe: http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/taco-s...-i/Detail.aspx
Let it simmer for as long as you can stand to stare at it/until it's warm. Usually on medium at first, stirring occasionally, then turn down to medium low and stir even less occasionally. As with any chili, the longer the better, of course!
It's really good with cheese on top (necessity for me!), sour cream, and tortilla chips. We usually make rice with it as well to put it on top of that. I think it's best on a bed of tortilla chips, though... with more tortilla chips for scooping.
The measurements I gave above (we usually use 2 lbs ground beef) feed 5 people (3 of which (my father, my boyfriend, and me) can PACK IT IN). And we usually have enough leftover for a 1 person lunch.
Here at school, I use less of everything since it's just me. I use like 1/2 lb ground beef and a can of mixed beans and corn (Bush's has some southwest bean mixtures). It's MUCH better with the full recipe, though, with tomatoes and onions.