Sunday, September 11, 2011

About THAT Time of Year.....

Around this time every year, my kids start watching the weather every night for the 7-Day Forecast. And they start reminding me that it's getting close to time for the First Frost of the Year.
You see, the weekend after the "First Frost" we have a tradition of the family coming down to our house and me making a HUGE stockpot of homemade chili for all of us. It's always the same menu...

Topped with Grated Cheese and onions.
Served with Cornbread and/or corn-chips.
Lots of sweet tea and cola to wash it down with.

This year I'm passing my recipe down to my family so they can continue the tradition.
I look forward to our First-Frost Chili Get-Together almost as much as I do our Christmases together.

Vada’s First Frost Chili
• 2 pounds ground beef
• 1/2 onion, chopped
• 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
• 2 smaller cans tomato sauce
• 1 (8 ounce) jar salsa
• 1 pkg chili seasoning mix (OR 4 teaspoons chili seasoning and one tablespoon masa flour)
• 2 (15 ounce) cans red kidney beans

1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the ground beef and the onion and sauté for 10 minutes, or until meat is browned and onion is tender. Drain grease, if desired.
2. Add the ground black pepper, garlic salt, tomato sauce, salsa, chili seasoning mix and kidney beans. Mix well, reduce heat to low and simmer for at least an hour.
Top with lots of grated cheese and serve with cornbread or corn-chips.

Keep the tradition alive, yall. I'll be there in Spirit. xxx

PS- Don't forget the bonfire and the stuff to make S'Mores for dessert!!!!


Dianne said...

Yesterday, we were at the annual Coburg Antique Fair here in Oregon and it was 90+ degrees in the shade! This morning, I turned off the A/C and opened the windows. The cool mountain breezes blew in - it's 55 degrees! Go figure. This is definitely CHILI weather! I love chili, soups and chowders (with Southern cornbread of course!) with the weather turns cool. I HOPE this cool weather is here to stay...

Sunny said...

Me too!!!1 Y'all deserve a break from the heat!!!

Kimmiwamba said...

Might I just say.....YUM!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Alan loves chili in the winter!! Muahhh!!!