Yesterday was an extremely chilly day here in NC, in the lower 50's which is really low for this time of the year. I woke up in the mood for Chili and cornbread because it is just so chilly, all puns intended. I had the things I needed to make cornbread, but I didn't have the materials to make truly homemade chili.
So I was thinking about Sandra Lee's Semi Homemade show and decided to host a little version here at my house. I started a stockpile of canned goods and staples a few months back so I decided to pilfer through this and see what we could conjure up! Ya'll can laugh when you read my made up recipe, but it was a really good pot of chili, the kids and DH gobbled it up and I sent two bowls to work with DH for him and a coworker today for lunch.
One pot Semi homemade Chili with beans (easily feeds 8)
4 cans of pinto beans or whatever beans you have in your stockpile
1 lb of ground beef or turkey
2.5 cups of ketchup (yes, I said ketchup)
6 TBS chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1tsp sea salt
Garlic, minced to taste (I used several teaspoon sizes full)
8 cups of water
Brown the meat in a dutch oven and drain well before adding back to pot. Drain and wash beans and add them to the pot. Add remaining ingredients, stir well and simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes to marry the flavors. Be sure to stir every few minutes and watch the liquids. If pot looks like it is getting too thick or dry, add a little more liquids.
Homemade skillet cornbread
1 cup of corn meal
1 cup of All purpose Flour
2 tbsp of sugar (my dh likes it sweeter so I added more)
1/2 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
4 TBS olive oil + 2 TBS to oil skillet
1 cup of buttermilk
Preheat oven to 450, put oil in skillet, and place in oven to get hot. Mix together dry ingredients, make a well in the middle and pour in olive oil and milk. Mix thoroughly and pour into the hot skillet. NOTE: The skillet is so hot that the oil will bubble and "fry" when you pour in the batter, this makes the cornbread crust. Bake for 15-25 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and immediately invert onto a wire rack to cool.