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Chili and Meatballs Casserole Recipe

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Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound lean ground pork
  • 1/4 cup traditional dry bread crumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil

Chili

  • 1 cup medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (16 ounces un-drained)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cans kidney beans (16 ounces each – drained and rinsed)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients for the meatballs, except for the cooking oil, using your hands’ mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Form the meat mixture into 24 meatballs about 1 1/2 inches each.
  4. Heat the cooking oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and brown the meatballs thoroughly. Remove the meatballs to a 13 x 9 casserole dish (3.7 quarts) lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  5. To make the chili sauce using the same skillet discard all the oil except for 2 tablespoons. Heat the skillet over medium-high heat and cook the onions and garlic until the onion becomes translucent – about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, 1/4 cup water, and then season with the chili powder, salt, oregano, and basil.
  7. Bring the mixture to a boil stirring to remove any dripping from the bottom, and then pour it over the top of the meatballs in the casserole dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour.
  8. Mix the wine and flour together until the flour is smooth. Stir the wine mixture and kidney beans into the chili casserole. Cover and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
  9. Serve Hot