Prepaid Electricity, Lower Energy Bills and A Delicious Bowl of Chili

Lowering your prepaid electricity costs is about more than increasing your attic insulation and throwing another blanket on the bed. Here’s a way to stay toasty in the winter that won’t raise your prepaid electricity bill: a big, spicy pot of Winter Chili. If you don’t already have a favorite recipe for Winter Chili, here is one everybody will love:

Ingredients

• 1 finely chopped onion
• 3 finely chopped garlic cloves
• 2 piece of bacon cut crosswise into pieces
• 2 tablespoons of chili powder
•2 cans of pinto or red kidney beans
• 1 ½ teaspoons of dried crushed oregano
• 1 ½ teaspoons of paprika
• 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper
• 3 cups of water
• Coarse salt
• 3/4 cup of cheddar (shredded)
• 2 tablespoons of fine cornmeal
• 3 red bell peppers
• 4 fresh jalapenos
• 1 ½ cups of chopped winter squash or zucchini
• 1 ½ cups of frozen kernel corn

Directions 
1. Cook the bacon in a chili pot over a medium heat until brown.
2. Add the onion, garlic, paprika, pepper, oregano, beans and salt into the chili pot. Stir this mixture occasionally for about 10 to 13 minutes.
3. Mix the fine cornmeal with water, corn, squash or zucchini and bring the pot to boil. Begin to reduce the heat and keep stirring until the chili become thick and the veggies are softer.
4. If the chili seems a bit dry, just add water little by little until the mixture is at desired consistency.
5. Dish into bowls, top with fresh jalapeno slices, red bell pepper slices and sprinkle on shredded cheese. Serve with crackers or cornbread.

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