I really hate it when I go to the store, look at some ingredient and silently assure myself that “we’ve got tons of that at home” only to realize we don’t actually have any of that once I’m in the middle of preparing dinner.
I also really hate it when 25 year old me goes to the dentist only to be told “you should have dealt with your wisdom teeth at least ten years ago!” Thanks for that Mr. Dentist, because I was totally in control of my personal health, let alone finances and health insurance at the ripe old age of 15. Gar… I actually really like my new dentist, but that comment really frustrated me… I can’t change what happened ten years ago, ya know?
Yes, both of those scenarios happened to me today. I went to the store knowing that my plan was to make chili. I bought ground beef but then told myself “we don’t need beans! We’ve got tons of those.”….
We had no beans. No kidney beans. No red beans. No black beans. No beans.
But, there were two cans of Bush’s Grillin Beans in Bourbon and Brown Sugar (I have never in my life bought Bush’s Beans so I assume these are from when our house was stocked to be a vacation rental). I rinsed the beans in a colander and tossed em into my chili concoction.
Now, this chili might just be the best I’ve ever made and I totally have to take back all my cruel thoughts towards Bush’s and give them the full credit. Even though I rinsed the beans, they still have a distinctly sweet taste and add a bit of creaminess to the overall dish.
I honestly wasn’t expecting the chili to come out this good so I didn’t bother writing down quantities for a formal recipe posting but it is so good so here goes:
I first cut up a green bell pepper and a yellow onion.
I sautéed the onion and bell pepper with a little ground beef until the meat was fully cooked. I only used a dash of salt, pepper, cayenne and red pepper to season the meat – no chili mix or anything like that.
Next up, I chopped up some carrots (I added WAY more after this picture) and a few scallions (green onions).
Then I rinsed the two cans of Bush’s Beans, along with two cans of petite diced tomatoes and two cans of Italian stewed tomatoes.
Tossed everything into the stock pot and let it simmer. I had intended to use the crock pot but I didn’t have nearly enough room.
After a few hours simmering – best chili ever!
Look at those pretty veggies!
It’s Tuesday so that means we’ll be watching the Biggest Loser! Also, that ridiculous Celebrity Wife Swap show has started, I mainly just want to see Gary Busey’s episode but perhaps we’ll watch tonight too.
What do you guys watch on TV? We only really keep up with the Biggest Loser, Modern Family and the League… Not too big on the TV shows I guess. Are we missing something awesome?