February is usually our coldest month, so I thought we needed something to keep us warm and a big bowl of hot chili should hit the spot.
You’ll need a large heavy pot and a bowl to pour excess grease in.

• 6 slices of bacon
• 1 pound of sirloin or extra lean ground meat
• 1 pound hot sausage
• 1 large chopped onion
• 1 chopped bell pepper
• 2 cloves minced garlic
• salt and pepper to taste or Tony’s Creole seasoning
• 1 hot green pepper or jalapeno sliced
• 1/4 cup Worchestershire sauce
• 1 teaspoon dry mustard
• 1 teaspoon celery seed
• 2 tablespoons chili powder
• 6 cups Italian tomatoes
• 1 can pinto beans
• 2 cans Kidney beans (I don’t put beans in my chili, I add a cup of water.)

In you large heavy pot brown the bacon. Remove bacon, crumble it and set it aside. Slice sausage into one inch pieces and fry in bacon fat. (I do not add sausage to my chili) Set sausage aside with bacon. Pour off excess fat and fry ground meat. Drain and set aside with other meat. Pour excess fat from pot and cook vegetables, on low hear. Onion, bell pepper, garlic, hot pepper, about three minutes or until onion turns clear.

Stir in seasonings; dry mustard, chili powder, celery seeds, simmer about 10 minutes.

Mash tomatoes and add to onion mixture along with liquid and all meat. Increase heat to boiling then reduce to simmer. Cook about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper or Tony’s seasoning. Stir occasionally. Add beans with liquid. Raise up heat again to boiling then reduce to simmer and cook about an hour, stirring occasionally. Beans have a habit of sinking to the bottom and sticking. This should serve 8 to 10 people. 

It is also good served over rice. Either way it is Gooder’n Syrup. Von
P.S. I added my little quirks just so you would see that you don’t have to follow a recipe exactly for it to be good. I sometimes add some things also.
I always use the amounts of sugar and the number of eggs a recipe calls for though. Never skimp on eggs.
I am still waiting on the recipes some of you have promised me for my readers. Especially the old timers creations. They are Gooder’n Syrup. Von.