This is my version of Zippy’s chili that I used to eat a lot while living in Hawaii. Recently, I just found the secret to their chili (or close to it)! I was happy that I finally am able to make something close to the chili I have been craving for since I moved away. There is not late craving for Zippy’s chili no more! (well, the fact that I’m miles away on the mainland doesn’t help either! ;))
I’ll share with you the secret. For those who knows Zippy’s chili well and understand what I’m talking about, please, let me know if it is actually close to it or am I dreaming.
1 lb of lean ground beef
1 packet of chili seasoning- you can purchase this in grocery store
1 medium onion, divided chop some finely (and some reserve for garnishing)
2 cloves of garlic- smash and chop finely
1 lb kidney bean- soak overnight before use or 1 can bean
salt and pepper to taste
dash of basil
dash of cumin
1 bay leaf
1 (29 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
3 tbsp sour cream (psst! this is the secret!)
In a large pot over medium high heat, brown the ground beef. Drain the beef, and use the excess fat to stir fry garlic and the chopped onion.
Add the chili seasoning powder, basil, bay leaf, cumin, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Stir in the beans and add sour cream. Heat through.
Remove from heat and serve!