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                   Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 12:44AM

Mana's Chili

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Mana used to make a unique chili that I could not get enough of. It is mild, more sweet than spicy, not like any chili I've ever had before. The kind of thing that you always have to go back and get a second bowl. I liked it so much that I transcribed the recipe directly from her about 9 years ago, so I could make it myself at home. I never cook anything but frozen dinners, so you know it has to be that good. It is actually not too hard to make, it just takes some time - about 2 and a half hours to be exact.

Writing this down is one of those things I'm thankful I did when I had the chance - glad I have this as another way to remember Mana. I just finished making a pot of it tonight, and it's good - but not quite as good when she made it.

Mana's Chili

1 lb ground beef
1 cup chopped onions
1 16oz can of pinto beans
2 15oz cans of Hunt's tomato sauce
1 6oz can of Hunt's tomato paste
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon parsley
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water

For serving: Box of Oyster crackers

Directions: First, brown the ground beef and onions in a skillet. Then mix beef, onions and all other main ingredients into a saucepan. Cook for 2 hours on low heat, stirring every 15-20 minutes. Serve topped with Oyster crackers.

Mana also made a spaghetti sauce that was a derivitive of this chili. I'm not sure what the exact changes were, but the ingredients were similar. Maybe some of my more culinarily-gifted family members know. There are other distintive 'Mana foods' from the past that I'm hoping to compile a list of (three bean salad, beets, Jell-o/fruit/whipped cream dessert, etc).

Don't grandmothers always know how to make the best stuff!? :)
- Posted by Rob Russo from Hampton, VA

What have you got on top there Dan ?
- Posted by Mick from United Kingdom

Rob, very true! Mick, those are Oyster crackers - they are like saltines, but smaller.
- Posted by Dan R. from Charleston, WV

I'll add it to my recipe queue, Dan. Looks delicious!
- Posted by Dann Cianca from Denver, Colorado

oooooh! yum yum yumminess!!!!
- Posted by Jes from Hampton, VA

Dan, found this recipe in my recipe book and made it a couple days ago. I had printed it off way back when! Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I think the chili is fantastic. You're right about the sweetness, but I really like that. Usually I like to put cheese on my chili, but I took this as is, as not to take away from the fantastic flavor.
- Posted by Dann Cianca from Grand Junction, CO

Dann, that's awesome! Glad to hear and thanks for letting me know!
- Posted by Dan R. from New Baden, IL

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