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Michael's Childhood chili (2/5/2010)

Michael's Childhood chili

1 1/2 lbs. Lean ground beef
1 lb. Italian hot sausage or ground pork
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large green or red bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped fine
1 large (46 oz.) can V-8 Juice
1 12 oz. can tomato paste
1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 12 oz. can beer
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder, or to taste
1 tsp. hot sauce (or to taste) (optional)
1 tsp. salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 14.5 oz. cans Brooks Chili beans in hot sauce

In a large skillet, brown ground beef, ground Italian hot sausage or ground pork, onions, and both the bell pepper and jalapeno. Cook until well browned. Drain off excess fat.

In a large crockpot, while meat is browning, add the rest of the ingredients. You may want to only add a half of the V-8 and half of the beer, then mix well, and add beef mixture when browned and drained. Fill the crock with the rest of the V-8 and beer as needed. Cover, and cook on low 6-8 hours. You can also cook on high for 3-4 hours. Serve and enjoy!

I've added a few items to this recipe since we ate it as children. The Italian sausage, bell pepper, jalapeno, cumin and hot sauce. If you'd like to leave those out, it's still a great basic chili recipe, just increase the amount of ground beef you use.

This week's recommended wine from Van's Liquor Store in East Dubuque-Yellow Tail Reserve Tier, 750ml bottle, all types, $6.99 through 2-8-2010

Cremer's ground beef and their Italian hot sausage work great in this chili. And of course, they have most of the fixing's to go into the chili.

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