Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Val's Raisin Chili Recipe

When the days are short and the nights are cold, who doesn't enjoy warming up with steaming bowl of chili? To make sure that you stay Red Carpet Ready during the infamous weight gaining Winter months, I'm sharing with you my favorite chili recipe (RCR approved).


A little over 1 lb of lean ground beef
Vegetable Oil
1 whole red onion
1 cup of sliced mushrooms
2 stalks of celery
1 cup California Raisins (secret ingredient!)
1 - 28 oz. can whole tomatoes
2 - 28 oz. crushed tomatoes
1 small can of sliced olives
1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
1 Teaspoon garlic salt or garlic powder (optional)
3 Tablespoons cumin
3 Tablespoons chili powder
1 Teaspoon of ground clove


Brown the ground beef over the stove in a little bit of vegetable oil. Be sure to break up the meat so that it browns evenly and cooks thoroughly. In a separate pot on the stove, combine chopped red onion, chopped celery stalks, and sliced mushrooms with a little vegetable oil.

Once the ground beef has browned, drain the excess fat and add to the pot with onions, celery, and mushrooms. Mix in chili powder, cumin, garlic salt or garlic powder (optional), ground clove, sugar (optional), and salt to taste.

Stir in crushed tomatoes with the meat, vegetables and spices. Add the whole tomatoes to your chili pot, making sure to break up the tomatoes as you stir them in. Mix in small can of sliced olives and California Raisins

Bring the chili to a boil, then reduce and allow to simmer for at least an hour.

Serves about 8

Garnish with shredded cheese (optional) & serve hot


Melinda said...

This recipe sounds delicious. I bet the raisins get nice and plump and balance the spicy flavor of the chili powder. Can't wait to try it! Melinda

bootybootcamp said...

This was great! You don't even miss the beans. This will be one of my new staples.

Sarai Jones

Elissa said...

I am making this right now! I'm pretty excited. Thanks, Val!

alexandra said...

Made this tonight. I made two batches; one with beef and one with ground turkey. I ran out of raisins so the I added a small amount of cubed butternut squash to the turkey batch. Both were delicious! Thank you for sharing! Share more. :)

xavier said...

I like ti enjoy warming up with steaming bowl of chili, my wife kamagra and other activities during those cold nights.m10m

KC said...

Val, couldn't I just use 28 oz. of diced tomatoes instead of breaking up the whole tomatoes? Is there a reason you suggest whole tomatoes?