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Chili Time

It's getting cold here in Florida , and that means chili time. If you have the time, nothing beats home made chili. Today is not one of those days. Today I start with my go to chili mixes, Carroll Shelby's Chili Fixin's. I do add a few ingredients, but if you are pressed for time, this is a great mix as it is.


1/2 package of Carroll Shelby chili mix
2 pounds ground beef
1/4 cup roasted Hatch green chilies
1/4 cup baby Vidalia sweet onions, diced
1/4 cup yellow and/or orange bell peppers, diced
1 can diced tomatoes
1 12 ounce can tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon molasses
1/4 teaspoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon dark chocolate infused sea salt

Start by browning the ground beef in a large pot. When the meat is brown, add the onions and peppers. Roast for several minutes until the vegetables soften and turn translucent. Add the rest of the ingredients. Simmer for one half hour. Hatch chilies have a smooth but intense heat. The brown sugar and molasses add a nice balance  to tame this heat. The dark chocolate infused sea salt adds some great flavor undertones.