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3 T Oil

1 C chopped onions

1 clove crushed garlic

1/2 C chopped green pepper

3 T finely chopped chili pepper or red hot pepper

1 C chopped celery

1 to 3 t chili powder ( to taste )

1 t tomato paste

1 lb ground beef

1 19 oz tin ( 540 ml ) whole tomatoes

1 14 oz tine ( 398 ml ) kidney beans

1 t salt

1/2 t pepper


Heat oil in frying pan, add next five ingredients, cook stirring for five minutes. 

Add chili powder and tomato paste, cook two minues

Add ground beef, cook till browned

Add whole tomatos and kidney beans and seasoning

Stir till boiling, reduce heat

Cover and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour, stir occasionally

Serves 4

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On 9/28/2017 at 8:52 PM, Lumpy_Coal said:

What is 1t of tomato paste?  A tin? How big? 


C stands for cup

t stands for teaspoon.  some people abbreviate it to tsp. 

T stands for tablespoon. 

this is just standard ingredient listing shorthand, you will notice it in many recipes.

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  • 2 months later...

Instead of just using Chili powder  in the above recipe I have discovered something to take it up a level. 

Mexican seasoning blend


4 T Chili Powder
3 T Ground Cumin
3 T Ground Coriander
2.5 t Garlic Powder or garlic granules
3 T Smoked Paprika or regular paprika
3 T Dried Oregano
1 T Sea Salt flakes
1 t Black Pepper


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