Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Crock pot "Thrilly Chili"

One favorite meal that my family loves is Chili in the crock pot. I love making it on blistery days since it's such a warm, rich, and hearty meal.

My recipe is simple to make since it doesn't require a mass amount of ingredients. We don't particularly like onions or peppers, so it's not added to my recipe. The thing with any recipe is you can add your own spin to it.

On this particular day, it was a bit chilly outside. I got out the trusty crock pot and set to work.
As a reminder any recipe I post is for my family of 8. You can scale the recipe your family size.

I started browning the meat while I gathered up the rest of my items.

For my family I need 3 cans of chili beans, 3 cans of kidney beans ( drained and rinsed ), 2 cans of diced tomatoes, 2 cans of tomato soup, 1 big can of tomato sauce, 2 lbs of ground chuck, 1 cup of water, chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and noodles. A few of my kids like noodles with their chili and the others don't.

While the meat was browning, I added all the other ingredients to my crock pot. I don't really measure out any spices, as I'm used to knowing how much to add, just by looking at it.

I estimate about 4 tablespoons of chili powder, 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin, 1 tablespoon paprika, 1 1/2 teaspoon of garlic and onion powder each. Go ahead and mix that up in your crock pot. As the meat is browning you can add salt, pepper and just a pinch of chili powder.

When the meat is fully browned, drain it, then add the meat into the crock pot. Give another stir. Cook on low for 4-6 hrs or 3 hrs on high.

If your family prefers noodles in their chili, I would suggest cooking the noodles a hour before you would turn the crock pot off. Drain the noodles and add them directly to the crock pot and give a stir. Or you can do what I do. Put noodles only in the bowls of the kids who like them, then add the chili on top and have them stir their own chili. Serve with your favorite topping. My family likes adding toppings such as shredded cheese, oyster crackers, saltines, and sour cream.

The amount I make can usually give us plenty of leftovers for the next day. This really is a very simple chili recipe, I think your whole family can enjoy.

Thrilly Chili ( as my son calls it ) Serves 16:
2 lbs ground chuck
1 can (29oz) Tomato Sauce
2 cans (10.5 oz) Tomato Soup
3 cans (15.5 oz) Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
3 cans (15.5 oz) Chili Beans, undrained
1 cup of water
4 Tablespoons Chili Powder
1 1/2 Tablespoons Cumin
1 Tablespoon Paprika
1 1/2 Teaspoons Onion Powder
1 1/2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
Noodles ( Optional )
1) Brown meat in skillet. Add in salt, pepper and a pinch of chili powder. Thoroughly mix together while browning the meat.
2) Add all other ingredients to crock pot and mix together.
3) When meat is cooked all the way through, remove from heat. Drain and add the meat to the crock pot.
4) Stir in the meat. Set crock pot on low for 4-6 hours or high for 3 hours.
5) Serve with noodles if you prefer and your favorite toppings such as shredded cheese, sour cream, or crackers.

Best wishes, Michelle


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