Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Chuck Wagon Chili

Is it a chili? Is it a steamer? Is it Chuck Norris? None of the above. And All of the above. 

It has beans and ground beef like a chili. So it is a chili. But its not really because...
It is more like a steamer (In south central PA, that is what we call a sloppy joe), because it is meaty, not so much soupy like a chili can be. It is the texture of a thick, meaty sloppy joe.  It is like Chuck Norris cause it is just that AWESOME!  :)  Whatever you call it, whatever you classify it as... it is good and you should make it!

1/2 pound bacon cut into pieces
3 pounds ground beef (I used 93/7)
2 finely chopped onions (I used 1 small and one large)
1 cup finely chopped celery
2 beef bullion cubes (I didn't have bullion so I used omitted the water and used 2/3 cup beef stock)
2/3 cups boiling water
1.5 cups of ketchup
3 TBSP Mustard
1.5 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 -29oz can molasses style Baked Beans
3 TBSP Brown Sugar

Preheat oven to 375.
In a Dutch oven (or large, heavy oven safe pot) fry bacon until crisp, set aside.
Drain most of the fat.
Cook and stir beef, onion, celery until brown and tender (over medium heat).
Dissolve bullion in boiling water.
Add to meat mixture along with all other ingredients including bacon.
bake one hour and 15 minutes with lid off. 

I served mine with a lettuce bed and yellow pepper, sour cream, tortilla chips and Homestyle Grands biscuits. It was divine. And it makes a ton.  

 See the spoon in the corner where I stole a bite. Yeah, that's how I roll.

So good! 

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