Sunday, September 30, 2007


This isn't "authentic" (if there is such a thing). It's just an easy family recipe. We used to always make this for Halloween. You can make this recipe healthier by using ground turkey instead of beef. When I do this I always add some beef stock to give it a meatier taste.

Your dad likes this served over elbow macaroni. Some people like it over rice, but I like it best plain with saltines. If you like you can top this with cheese, chopped onions, salsa, jalapeƱos.

Serves 6-8

1 lb ground beef or ground turkey (1 tbl olive oil if you're using turkey)
1 large onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small can tomato paste
2 small cans tomato sauce
1 can Rotel
1 can chopped tomatoes
2 cans red beans
1 tbl cumin
1 tbl chili powder
1-2 tsp paprika
1 tsp oregano
salt, black pepper

Cook ground beef w/ some of the spices until no longer pink and skim off most of the fat. Add onions and garlic and another sprinkle of spices and saute until translucent. If you're using turkey--Saute the onion and garlic with some spice in olive oil, then add the turkey and some more spice and saute til no longer pink. Add tomato paste and saute 3 minutes. Add remaining tomato products (1 cup beef stock if using turkey) and beans and add some more of the spices, a little salt and pepper. Simmer, partially covered, for at least 30 minutes. Taste and reseason if necessary.

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