Saturday, March 11, 2006

Recipe Saturday 3!

This will take almost as long to type as it does to make:

1 pound lean ground beef (Costco is my fav)
1 pound Jimmy Dean Sage sausage
2 cans red kidney beans
2 cans tomato sauce
1 package Williams chili seasoning

I put my tomato sauce and the chili seasoning into a 5 quart pan, open the beans and rinse them in the can 'til they quit "foaming", then add them to the sauce which is heats while I cook the meat...

I mix the beef and sausage together and fry it most of the way done as a patty so I can drain the grease off several times while I cook it, then crumble it towards the end. I also get a bit more of the grease out by lining a colander with 6 layers of paper towel and dumping the skillet into it, then using 4 more paper towels to press the grease out of it, so it soaks into the towels. Then I put the meat into the pan with the sauce. Usually it's a bit too thick so I use about a 1/2 can of water (using one of the sauce cans) until it's the thickness I like.

We are salt addicts, so usually a couple of tablespoons have found their way into the sauce as well. Sometimes some diced onions as well...

When Dad moved into supervision for Milgram he was in charge of the meat counters in 18 stores, and had to start attending meetings and business lunches and such. One of the first ones he ever told us about was when Jimmy Dean came to Kansas City to get Milgram's to carry his sausage; it was him who told Dad about adding it to chili. Back then it was just regular sausage (also works great in a meatloaf). When the sage sausage came out, that was absolutely the perfect complement to the chili seasonings, and has been "the family recipe" ever since.



Nancy said...

Yum, this sounds very good Alan and I haven't even had breakfast yet!

Thanks for your very clever idea about the power strip for the TV to plug into! I should have thought of that!

Have a great day!

cherish said...

Sounds delicious!

ConnieJane said...


sttropezbutler said...

This does sound delish!


kath said...

good recipe!

I have never tried using sausage.. but i do use two or three different kinds of beans ... and salsa, too

I cheat often by using salsa!
( shhhhhh, no telling )

hope you are having a great weekend!

Blogzie said...

Man, this sounds good on a rainy day!

I pretty much buy all my meat at Costco.

It's all about quality and price.

And they treat their employees like human beings as well.

Big Hugs to pal, Alan.


Blogzie said...

Make that 'my pal'.

And everyone else's...

You are the sweetest guy in Blogville.

You should run for mayor.

More hugs...


dragonflyfilly said...

yep, Alan, what can i say, it snowed and they did not mind it, just stood there patiently, like sentanels :0)

hmmmm, your recipe sounds yummy..too bad i don't eat red meat, although if someone gave me a side of deer or buffalo or some other wild game, i have an old fashioned meat grinder, and that i would eat!! -- just have to find someone who hunts, i guess

oh well, i'm off to make my stir-fried tofu :'(

all the snow has gone already!! will have to change my photo
cheers for now.