Saturday, August 20, 2011

Recipe Timeout: Wally's Wonderful Chili

Two years ago today, my father, Wally, was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.  He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II and briefly in the Army after the war.* Dad passed away at the age of 82, having developed an inoperable brain tumor.  Naptime Huddle honors Dad today with his mouth-watering, stick-to-your-ribs chili recipe.  I hope you will enjoy it and remember to thank any service man or woman, and any surviving member of our Greatest Generation, you see.

Wally’s Wonderful Chili
1.5 pounds ground sirloin
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
2 large cans diced tomatoes
1 or 2 cans pinto beans (depending on your taste for beans)
Salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in a large pan.  Cook onions in butter until they are clear and set them aside in a separate dish.  Brown meat, with chili powder, and drain grease from pan.  Return the onions to the pan and add the minced garlic.  Add all other ingredients (including additional chili powder, if desired) and bring to a boil.  Cover and simmer for one hour, stirring often.

So easy your dad could make it!

*It is surprising that, despite suffering the highest casualty rate of any other branch during WWII, Merchant Marines were only recently granted the same benefits as veterans of the other branches. 

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