January 2016:  Chili Soup (Prize-Winning!)

Chili Soup (Prize-Winning!)

1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped into small pieces
2.5 teaspoons chili powder
1.5 teaspoons cumin
1.5 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
8-oz can tomato sauce OR 6-oz can tomato paste
2.5 cups water (plus)
5 medium-sized red potatoes, peeled & cut in 1-inch cubes

1. Sauté onion in a large soup pot; after browning the meat in a pan, transfer the cooked meat to the large soup pot.

2. Add spices to meat; if not enough chili taste, add more cumin.

3. Add tomato sauce (or tomato paste) and water.

4. Bring to a slow boil and cook for 15 to 20 minutes.

5. Add chopped potatoes (and more water if needed -- the chili should have a slight "soup" appearance and not a thick meaty appearance).

6. If desired, add more spices listed above to taste.

7. Cook until potatoes are done.

Serves 4 to 6.

Tastes great with Saltine Crackers or homemade cornbread on a cold winter night!

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