Chili Con Carne
Mom always wrote the name of the lady who shared the recipe with her on the recipe. Mostly these caring ladies were called "Mrs Whoever," but I was really touched when I got to the bottom and saw the word: "Mother."
I can only assume she got this recipe from her mother. I was touched and it is the only one that I currently know that most likely came from my Grandmother who lived in Utah and was born in 1869.
Some of the ingredients are old tyme -- I will update them as I go along.
- 1 pt
- kidney beans (today: 2 cups cooked, or 1 can)
- 2 c
- chopped beef (today: 3/4 pound ground beef)
- 1 tsp
- 1/4 c
- suet forced through food chopper (today: coconut oil, butter, or whatever oil you like)
- red pepper cut in strips (mom used mild -- you can use whatever you like)
- onion, sliced
- 1/8 tsp
- 1/2 tsp
- 1 Tbsp
- tomatoes to cover (probably fresh sliced tomatoes, but i use canned tomato sauce)
How to Make Chili Con Carne
- 1Cook beans first, almost done, then simmer in sauce THAT'S IT. THOSE ARE THE DIRECTIONS!! LOL but right next to this was directions for cooking Navy beans. I can only assume they go together even though the chili uses kidney beans and the directions are for cooking Navy beans. I think I can safely assume these directions work for most dry beans. (See below)
- 2DIRECTIONS FOR COOKING 2 Cups of dry kidney beans:
1.Wash and place in pan, cover with water and bring to boil, then drain
- 32. Again: cover with water and bring to boil, then drain again
- 43. Cover with water the last time and cook until tender
NOTE: There is no mention of salt or spices but you gotta know there is at least some salt in the water and I would probably add garlic and onion, at least, to the last step. Add any herbs you like.
- 5NOTE 2: There is no mention of soaking them overnight, either, but I'm sure I would do that, too.
- 6DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING THE "SAUCE"
1. Saute the red pepper, onion, salt, pepper,in a cast iron skillet
2. Add the ground beef and brown
3. Add mustard (dry or prepared), vinegar, and tomatoes -- simmer until tomatoes make sauce (only about 20 minutes -- no need to over cook)
- 7WHAT THE HECK IS SUET: Suet is raw beef or mutton fat, especially the hard fat found around the loins and kidneys.
- 8As I was typing and getting things straight in my mind, I realized that this is the recipe that I was raised on. I started calling it "Hamburger Soup" after I left home because Mom never like anything hot or spicy and many people pride themselves on how hot they can make their "chili." I still love this recipe and when I make chili, it is still pretty much like this, except I do add garlic powder, minced onions, and a jar of Pace Mild Picante sauce.