Sometimes ya gotta have chili. Yesterday was one of those days. I almost always have ingredients for this chili, or a variation of it, in my pantry.
This chili has excellent flavor, but is not overly hot. Just a nice tingle. If you want a hotter version, you could use a hot chili powder or add jalapenos or serrano peppers or other chile peppers or crushed red pepper flakes or use tomatoes with chiles instead of plain tomatoes. Whatever floats your boat.
Kari's Easy Chili
1 medium onion, diced
1 large green bell pepper, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp Mexican oregano, crushed
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp mild chili powder
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
2 cups water
2 cans (15 oz) chili beans (these are pinto beans in chili gravy)
1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 tsp Better Than Bouillon No Beef Base
1 cup Morningstar Farms Grillers Crumbles
In large pot, saute onion and bell pepper in a little water until soft. Add garlic and saute a couple minutes longer. Add water as necessary, if the vegetables get too dry. Add oregano, cumin, chili pepper, and black pepper. Cook and stir a couple minutes. Add tomatoes, stirring to scrape bits from bottom of pan. Add tomato sauce, water, chili beans, and kidney beans. Stir in Better Than Bouillon and Grillers crumbles. Simmer 30 minutes. Adjust seasonings if necessary.