Chili and football

blogpix 034In my house, football means English Premier League soccer as well as the NFL and the “chili” we eat is called Yabsa. Now that the leaves have turned and both American and English football are on TV all weekend, we are eating a lot of this.


2 lbs. ground beef or italian sausage or a pound of each
1 head of garlic (10 cloves) chopped
1 large can of crushed tomatoes
2 10 oz. cans of tomato sauce
1 small can tomato paste
2 14 oz. cans of Great Northern Beans

Salt, pepper and brown the ground meat in a heavy pot or dutch oven until cooked through. Then add the chopped garlic and stir just long enough that you can start to smell the garlic cooking. (As soon as you can smell the garlic cooking, add the liquid. If you let the garlic burn it’ll taste bitter.) Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste along with two cups of water or stock. Bring to a boil and let the mixture cook on medium heat for 30 minutes. Next, turn down the heat to low. Open the cans of northern beans and put them in a colander to drain the liquid, then add them to the pot. Let simmer on low for 30 more minutes, then taste the mixture and add salt and pepper until it tastes like you like it. Serve with basmati rice and a dollop of yogurt on the side.

Variations: If you’re trying to eat less red meat, this works just as well with ground turkey and ground turkey sausage. If you like it a little smokier, you can add 2 tablespoons of smoked paprika.


About aecsarah

I've been working in marketing for architects, interior designers, engineers and contractors since 1997. Before that I did stints as a university professor and a radio documentary producer. In my spare time I'm a foodie and craft-ie.
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