Chili for Celery Haters

By: Brady Evans

Sometimes, I’ve learned, it is a good idea to keep your mouth shut.  I was sitting around a campfire with friends one recent evening while this chili was simmering on the stove.

Somehow our chatter drifted to the conversation of foods we hate.  One of my guests professed to hating celery.  Oh no.  This recipe had fully 3 stalks of celery in it.

I had a decision to make: should I confess that there was celery in that night’s dinner or not?

Dinner was served outdoors while we mingled around a campfire.  The light was dim so I’m not sure if my celery-hating dinner guest noticed the presence of the vegetable in our dinner or not.  What I did notice was the HUGE serving he ate and the many compliments to the chef he gave.  Celery or not, this chili was a hit.

Beef and Bean Chili (adapted from Jamie Deen’s chili seen on Apple a Day)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. mixed ground beef and Italian sausage, browned and drained
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 c. chopped celery
  • 2 (28-oz. 830 mL) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-oz., 450 mL) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 TBSP ground cumin
  • 1/4 c. chili powder
  • 1 TBSP dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 (14.5-oz., 450 mL) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz., 450mL) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • salt and freshly-cracked black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • In a skillet brown ground beef and sausage, drain and set aside.
  • Spray large pot with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, red bell pepper, and celery. Saute briefly.
  • Stir in tomatoes. Add cumin, chili powder, oregano, and Cayenne (if desired) and cook for about 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • Add the beans and browned meat. Partially cover, and let simmer for 4 hours.
  • Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

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