Growing up, we would visit family in the south a lot. I loved spending time with my grandmother, who taught me how to cook. This was always my favorite thing she would cook. It was also the very first dish she taught me how to make.
Every winter I make this a dozen times and think of her, the way she would line up all the cans of beans and tomatoes and the jar of salsa and make me count them to make sure we had everything. Because of that, I will always remember exactly how much of everything to put in for the perfect ratio of ingredients.
My kids barely remember my grandmother, but when it’s cold outside, they always ask for a bowl of “Grandma’s Chili” for dinner. We always top it off with some shredded cheese and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
- 1 lb. ground beef or ground turkey, organic and grass fed preferred
- 2 cans of 15 oz. black beans
- 2 cans of 8 oz. tomato sauce
- 1 jar of medium or hot, chunky salsa
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- ½ cup frozen corn
- Cook beef or turkey on medium-high heat in a big pot until browned. Drain excess fat from the meat.
- Drain one can of beans and mash.
- Add all ingredients to the pot and mix together.
- Heat on medium until heated through.