As we wait for the impending “FRANKENSTORM”, I couldn’t help but think how nice it would be to have a big ol’ pot of chili going on the stove. (OR- further below- in the crock pot!) This recipe is near and dear to me, and to most people in our family- It’s a betty classic, and award winning at that. Any time I need to feel warm, miss my mother, or see some gross weather heading our way, I instantly want this meal. It’s no surprise to me that it’s the one recipe that’s requested the most out of my mother’s repertoire. Her secret? Orange soda. Today, we’re having Kick Butt Chili.
*NOTE* Generally, I just get a pack of hot sausage and a pack of sweet sausage and skip the ground chuck- my mother would probably protest that I am messing with a flawless recipe, but it’s what we like.
1 and 1/2 lbs ground chuck
1 lb hot or sweet sausage (I use combination)
2 cans kidney beans (one light, one dark)
2 15 oz cans tomato sauce
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp white pepper
5-7 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 cup of orange soda *add half way through*
Brown the meat/ sausage and drain well. Rinse your beans to relieve them of some of the gas they contain. Add additional ingredients and spices, mix well. Simmer over low heat for an hour to an hour and a half, stirring every 15 minutes to prevent sticking. After 1/2 an hour, add 1/2 cup of orange soda.
This is great served with shredded cheddar cheese and corn chips. Sometimes I’ll top it with some red onion too.
Crockpot version- Brown your meat, drain- add all ingredients to crock pot and cook it low and slow for 6-8 hours. This works even better if you made the meat the night before and can just toss it all in the crockpot in the morning before work.
If there’s only 1 recipe you ever make from this blog… make this one. It was “Betty’s” favorite recipe, and for good reason. It’s won competitions, is always a crowd pleaser, and never has any leftovers when taken to a game day party. This one won’t let you down.
Happy eating- and stay dry out there!