I made our dinner before we left the house that morning...my very easy chili recipe. Now, I usually don't make such a big batch of chili, but any time I make soups or chilis now, I double the recipe to have enough to freeze for other days. That's a HUGE help when you have a one year old.
The secret to my chili is McCormick's Mild Chili seasoning mix. A friend recommended it to me & it does give the smooth taste I'm looking for; the chili always turns out great. Mike & I both had some for dinner this evening - mine with a peanut butter sandwich & Mike turned his into a dip with some Frito Scoops. I have plenty left over for lunch tomorrow & more than enough to freeze two containers full for dinners another day (and maybe enough for lunch on Monday too!).
Super Easy Chili
3 lbs. lean ground beef
4 packets McCormick's Mild Chili mix
2 cans chili beans
2 can kidney beans
2 cans tomato puree (28 oz each)
2 cans diced tomatoes (14 oz each)
1 cup water
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (adjust to your taste)
Brown & drain hamburger, return to pot. Stir in seasoning mix, beans, tomatoe puree, diced tomatoes & water. Add red pepper flakes if desired. Bring mixture to boil, reduce heat & cover, simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
*Note - I drain & rinse my beans before using.