Are you a fan of beans and of chili food? If you are one who delights on feasting on chili food then you should start learning how to make chili beans from scratch. You can enjoy this chili treat at anytime of the day, whether for breakfast or light snacks and with or without any serving of rice or bread. You can consider your bowl of chili beans a comfort food, as well an appetizer. However, creating your homemade chili beans from scratch will put your palate and patience to the test. When you want instant food, you may have to count this treat out. Cooking beans, whether chili or otherwise, requires time, patience and love so it will come out tasty and flavorful.
Do not hesitate to use bare but clean hands in preparation and throughout the cooking process, when necessary. Here is a guide to help you create your chili beans from scratch:
Prepare ingredients for homemade chili sauce and beans. Although there is nothing wrong with buying chili sauce from the store, it is always better to create your own. You will be able to adjust the taste and thickness of the sauce. For your chili sauce, you will need 2 tablespoons each of oregano, cumin seeds and chili powder or flakes and 1 cup of water.
To continue cooking the chili bean recipe, use one 8 ounce can of kidney beans, 16 ounces of diced tomatoes, one large onion, 8 ounce can of tomato sauce and 1 pound of ground meat. Prepare your pot and sharp knife for chopping the onions and a can opener for the canned ingredients.
Create your very own chili sauce. Mix the 2 tablespoons of oregano, cumin and chili powder or flakes in a pot and slowly pour water into the mixture and bring this to a boil on low heat. Stir gradually until it forms into a sauce. Take the pot off the heat then set it aside for awhile as you continue the process of making your chili beans.
Prepare the rest of the ingredients and continue onto cooking. Peel the onion and chop it into minced pieces then put these in a pot. Mix in the ground meat and your homemade chili sauce then cook it over medium temperature. Stir the meat, onion and chili sauce once in a while or until the meat turns brown. Gradually mix in the canned tomato and tomato sauce then stir the mixture again. As the pot is still on medium heat, open the can of kidney beans and pour the contents in the boiling pot.
Allow the chili sauce to simmer. Turn the heat to a low temperature and cover the lid of the pot. Leave it for about 30 minutes to an hour to let the chili sauce simmer and permeate to the insides of the beans. Open the lid after an hour to check on the taste of the sauce and the tenderness of the beans. Once the taste suits you and the beans are not too hard yet not too soft, turn the stove off and take the pot from the stove and give it a few minutes to cool. Serve your bowl of hot chili beans and enjoy!
How to make chili beans from scratch can be a little time consuming but it will be worth the time you spend in preparation and in cooking when you end up creating a satisfying meal that everyone will enjoy.