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Chili Mountains

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Chili Mountains are one of our favorite cool weather meals. They are easy to make and everyone can create their own mountain out of an assortment of foods.


Start with a good chili - our recipe is below, although you can use your own recipe, or I hear that Amy's canned chili is pretty decent given the fact that it comes in a can. Enjoy!



Chili Mountains

1 hot pot of chili
1 pot of cooked rice (we use jasmine or pearl rice, however, brown rice would be healthier)
Shredded cheeses
Fritos corn chips
Green onions, sliced
Garlic, minced
Tomatoes, chopped
Black olives, sliced
Sour cream


Time to make your Mountain! Start with a bed of rice* on your plate. Top with chili. Follow with cheese, crumbled corn chips, and any and all toppings you would like to add. Finish with a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy!


*The order of these ingredients is to be argued by many, especially by my husband who is from Oklahoma and has been eating Chili Mountains for years. He claims that the corn chips go on the bottom, while I prefer a bed of rice on the bottom. Who cares right? Right. Your mountain is going to be delicious in any order!

 

Chili
1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground turkey
4 pc bacon, chopped
1 onion, chopped
garlic, sliced thinly, as much as you like (we love it so i use 5-6 cloves)
4 T tomato paste
1-2 T worc sauce
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
1 can black beans
1 small can kidney beans
28 oz can of tomatoes
3-4 T chili powder
pinch brown sugar
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp salt
3/4 to 1 whole can or bottle of beer

In dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot saute bacon until cooked through.  Add onion and cook until soft.  Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.  Add ground meats and saute until just cooked through.  Add tomato paste and cook for 1-2 mins to carmelize.  Add all spices, beans, peppers, tomatoes, and beer.  Simmer for at least 1-2 hours until flavors combine and develop.  Season to taste about halfway through.

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