I went shopping for the ingredients last night after teaching class and was very happy to find one of my favorite seasonal products:
So excited, that I bought almost every bottle they have. No, I can't just wait until next holiday season when this comes back out. Don't judge me!
My girlfriend Beth was coming over with her son Ray, so I wanted something I could put together quickly in the morning and let simmer until lunch.
Again, a cute sous chef helps, but is not required.
2 T olive oil
3T chili powder
1t seasoning salt (you can always add more later)
1t dried oregano
2t garlic powder
1 medium onion diced
1 red pepper diced
1 zucchini diced
1.5 lbs organic beef (you can also use turkey)
1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
About 14 ounces water (half of the crushed tomato can)
16 ounce can tomato paste
1 14 ounce can kidney beans
-Put the olive oil in the bottom of a heavy pot on medium high
-Add in the onion, pepper, and zucchini until soft
-Push the veggies over to one side of the pot, add the meat and brown
-Add in crushed tomatoes, water, kidney beans, and tomato paste
-Bring all ingredients to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer
-Simmer at least an hour, let it go longer if you have time
-Turn off the pot for about 20 minutes before serving (this allows the flavors to really meld together while cooling off so you can taste each flavor, not just HOT)