Saturday, November 22, 2008

Crazy Mary Chili

6 to 8 Servings
Sent by my Grandmother

2-tablespoons chili powder

1-teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter

2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms (7 to 8 large)

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped celery

1 pound lean ground beef

2 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes in tomato puree

¼ cup water

1-tablespoon sugar

1-teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

2 cups canned kidney beans, drained

Shredded cheddar cheese

Sour cream

Combine chili powder, salt & pepper in cup; set aside. Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat.

Add mushrooms, onion, celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is transparent, about 10 minutes

Add ground beef and about ¼ of chili powder mixture.Cook, breaking up meat with fork, until browned.

Stir in remaining chili powder mixture, tomatoes, water, sugar and Worcestershire. Cover partially and simmer 15 minutes.

Add beans and simmer 10 more minutes. Ladel chili into broiler proof serving bowls. Sprinkle each serving with about 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese. Broil just until cheese melts. Top each with dollop of sour cream.

Serve immediately.

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