Rainy day blues anyone. It is cold out, I have been listening to the blues all day. You know, the greats!

Lightnin Hopkins, Big Joe Turner, and Papa Charlie Jackson. Rich soulful toons to perfectly pair with the sound of the rain in the background coupled with the occasional boom of thunder.

It is May 12, one day after a beautiful sunny Mothers Day. You know the saying, don’t like the weather wait a minute. How about a day, and the weather will easily turn to a cool humid 68 degrees, the humidity doing what it does best, acting like a intensifier. The hot becomes unbearable and the cold is blood curdling. Oh how a Canadian would howl with laughter after hearing that one. 68 cold, bahhahah! Yet cold it is my friends.

So here I am thinking of my favorite cold weather winter foods that would help to toast up your insides and of course being from Texas my first instinct is to turn to chili (I am running to the store tonight to stock up on all the ingredients).

So here it is, my mamas chili recipe, don’t tell her I gave it to you.

Mamas Chili Recipe

The key to making great chili is to know that the recipe does not have to be exact. You use what you got and you make it work for you.

Ingredients

1 lb beef (venison, buffalo, elk, or whatever it is you have in your freezer)
tomatoes
tomato sauce
chili powder
onion powder
garlic powder
paprika
salt
pepper
any other spices you might like
ranch style beans (I know, a real Texan doesn’t use beans, so not true)
water

Instructions
Brown meat with spices
add tomato sauce and tomatoes with more spices
add ranch style beans and water with more spices
Taste, and spice to taste
let simmer for about an hour or less or more
Eat…so good.

So there you have it, a very simple (or for some extremely complicated) dish. Do yourself a favor and dont overthink it. Have a great night and warm wishes to my fellow this is too cold for May or ever Texans and all who just love a really great bowl of chili year round.