Lorecipes: Oregon Trail Chili - The Loresworn Order

Aug
17

Lorecipes: Oregon Trail Chili

No joke – this chili was served on barn raising and harvest days by my great grandparents during their time as homesteaders in Nebraska. Its an easy, hearty chili that can be made more or less spicy depending on how much of a kick you’re looking for.
In a crock pot, combine:

1 lb. Lean ground beef or turkey

1 large Onion, diced

5 Tbs. Chili powder

2 cloves Garlic

1 tsp. Cumin

1Tbs. Salt

8 oz. Tomato paste

4 C. Dried pinto beans, rinsed

12 C. Water (or beef broth)

Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

Serve with shredded cheese or sour cream/greek yogurt.

Store in the fridge for up to a week, or freeze.

Note: If beans give you gas, you can throw a whole potato into the pot for the first 1 hour of cooking. It will soak up the gas from the beans. Discard the potato after 1 hour.)

About Chloe Elizabeth

Chloe is The Order’s drama queen. Since todlerhood she’s been organizing others into various story-telling ventures from theater to film. In college she founded a small non-profit that used film production as a youth development platform. Post college, and in between productions, Chloe advocates for arts education programs. She is currently loving life as an administrative assistant at Pop Culture Classroom, a private tutor, a moonlighting screenwriter and a some-time actor.

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