Roger Staubach’s Chili-in-a-bag

When I was a young lad, Roger Staubach was my hero. I was too young to really understand football, but I knew enough to realize that Roger “The Dodger” was the real deal. I had my Dallas Cowboys pajamas, and a Cowboy’s leather (ok, fake leather) jacket, and I even played football on the 5th grade Cowboy’s team (that didn’t last long, but that’s a whole other post entirely).Roger Staubach's Chili-in-a-bag

So, because Roger and I are so connected (!), I figured I’d better make his favorite chili-in-a-bag recipe! This isn’t one of those cook-all-day, fancy fru-fru chili recipes. But it is darned good. Seriously good. I poured it into small bags of Fritos and they disappeared in minutes! In many ways it reminds me of another of my favorites, a Walking BBQ (BBQ in a bag!),

Also try my slow cooker Lone Star State chili.

Roger Staubach's Chili-in-a-bag
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4
 
Darned good chili that is very easy to make. The Ranch-style beans are what really make this chili. Substitute kidney beans if you have to, but it won't be quite as good!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups ketchup (do not substitute tomato sauce)
  • 1/2 cup water. plus a little more
  • 2 tablespoons mild (or hot!) chili powder
  • 1 (15 ounce) can Ranch-Style Beans, un-drained
  • Salt and pepper
  • Hot sauce, to taste
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2-3 green onions, chopped
  • 4 1 ounce bags Frito chips
Instructions
  1. Heat a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and brown.
  2. Add in the onion and bell pepper and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the onion has started to soften.
  3. Reduce heat to medium low.
  4. Add in ketchup, water, chili powder and beans.
  5. Add salt and pepper and hot sauce, to taste.
  6. Stir. Add more water, a little at a time, if the mixture is too thick.
  7. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour.
  8. Let cool slightly.
  9. Spoon into chip bags. Top with cheese and green onion and serve.

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