Cold weather is often feared. It has the connotation of bad weather, being stuck inside and often boredom as your favorite activities are shelved until good weather comes around again. But I love cold weather. I love the crisp air, seeing snow falling, and being able to go snowmobiling, skiing, skating. Maybe I just have nostalgia for cold weather now that I live in San Francisco, but even before moving here I always considered Winter as my favorite season. But even though I’m not in the cold weather this year, I’m still eating all of my favorite cold weather food like BBQ Beef Chili.
Chili is one of those recipes that I make when I know a snowstorm is coming or if I knew I needed to make a meal with a lot of leftovers. Chili in my opinion gets better after it rests overnight and the flavors are able to intensify. I ate the leftovers from this recipe with a lot of tortilla chips while watching some game on Monday Night Football. I mean, it mayb doesn’t paint the best picture of me as a person but my team won and I was happily full.
To top my chili I made fried tortilla strips, and added sour cream and scallions. To make the fried tortilla strips I poured vegetable oil in my dutch oven, enough to be 1/2 in deep. I heated the oil on medium-high heat, then added sliced fresh tortilla and fried until brown and crisp. When removing the tortilla I then tossed in sea salt and let cool on a baking rack. They turned out to have a great crispy texture. And of course if you don’t want the added work store bought tortilla strips are perfectly fine too.
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BBQ Beef Chili
When it's chili outside, warm up with a big bowl of BBQ Beef Chili with all of the toppings! Also perfect for tailgating and game day food!
- 1 Pound Ground Beef Lean
- 1 Onion Chopped
- 22 Oz Red Kidney Beans
- 14.5 Oz Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
- 8 Oz Tomato Sauce
- 1 Tbsp BBQ Sauce
- 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
- 1 Tsp Ground Cumin
- Toppings as desired
Brown beef in a large dutch oven until fully cooked. Add in onion and cook until softened. Drain any excess fat.
Stir in kidney beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, chili powder, and ground cumin. Season with salt to taste.
Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool slightly, serve and enjoy!