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Ready-to-Go Chili Packets

Ready-to-Go Chili Packets
PREP TIME
10 min
YIELDS
12 servings

Make-ahead packets of chili that can be frozen and defrosted as needed for your favourite dishes.

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Ingredients

4
lbs ground beef
6
cloves garlic, minced
2 8-oz
cans tomato sauce
1 6-oz
can tomato paste
¼
cup chili powder, or more as desired
2
tsp ground cumin
2
tsp dried oregano
2
tsp kosher salt
½
tsp cayenne pepper, or more as desired
2 15-oz
cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 15-oz
cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
½
cup masa harina (corn flour) or regular cornmeal
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Directions

Step 1

In a large, heavy pot, brown the ground beef with the garlic over medium heat until the beef is totally cooked, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain off most of the excess fat, leaving a little behind for moisture and flavor. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and cayenne. Stir together well, cover the pot and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally; if the liquid level seems low, add up to 1 cup water to keep it from burning.

Step 2

After an hour, stir in the kidney and pinto beans. In a small bowl, combine the masa harina with 1/2 cup water and stir together with a fork until it’s smooth. Pour the masa mixture into the chili. Stir together well, then taste the chili and adjust the seasonings. Simmer the chili for another 10 minutes to thicken, then turn off the heat and let it cool.

Step 3

Fill freezer bags with 2-cup portions and freeze them flat for easy stacking (or freeze in other freezer-safe containers). Thaw and use the chili packets in your favorite chili dog, chili cheeseburger or chili nacho recipes.

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