December 6th, 2004|
½ to ¾ lb. ground mild breakfast sausage
1 large (28-oz.) can diced Italian style tomatoes
1 small (14 oz.) can black beans
1 small (14 oz.) can red pinto beans
1 medium-large onion, diced medium (about ¾ cup)
1 medium-sized sweet bell pepper, diced medium
1 medium-large stick celery, diced (about ½ cup)
¼ - ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro (coriander)
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil
Approx. 2 tsp. chili powder* 2-4 tbsp. ground cumin*
½ - 1 tsp. garlic powder
Extra virgin olive oil for sautéing fresh vegetables
Salt & pepper to taste
2. Sauté onions, peppers and celery in skillet with olive oil. When slightly tender, place in pan with browned meat.
3. Add tomatoes, beans, cilantro, and other seasonings to pot. Mix thoroughly and heat mixture to boiling point. Simmer at low heat for 5-10 minutes.
4. Serve hot with favorite bread or rolls. Enjoy!
The key factor in producing the world-famous taste of this chili is the correct amounts of chili powder and cumin-particularly the cumin. This accomplished by trail-and-error tasting. Enough chili powder should be added to leave a slight after-taste "bite." Go slowly and keep adding powder until this taste is achieved. Cumin is not a strong spice for this dish, so it can be added more liberally. Don't be afraid to add additional amounts if you cannot taste the seasoning well. ~ E merger
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