Slow Cooker Recipe Showcase: Crock Pot Chili

by Mackenzie on December 4, 2012

Slow-Cooker-ShowcaseThis week’s recipe is Crock Pot Chili by Brett at Mama Loves Her Bargains that is sure to warm you on a chilly night!

 

Chili is one of my Brett’s favorite dishes to make when the weather gets cooler. It’s full of protein, and such a comfort food for us. This is more or less the chili her mom although some  things have changed a bit over the years.

crockpot-chili-recipeIngredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1lb sweet Italian sausage (if you like more heat, use spicy!)
  • 1 15oz can dark red kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can red kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed (I forgot to get some of these so they aren’t included in the photo above)
  • 2 large cans Tomato Sauce (we prefer Hunts brand)
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • Chili seasoning to taste
  • Hot peppers- to taste (We leave these in LARGE pieces, so that the kids don’t end up accidentally eating one)
  • 3 bell peppers and 1 medium red onion, sauteed to soften

Directions:

  1. Brown the ground meat and the sausage in a pan. Once browned, put meats into crock pot, and return pan to stove.
  2. Chop the onion and pepper as small or large as you’d like it (I like to mince them) and sautee in oil or butter (or the grease from the meat). Once the veggies are softened, add to crock pot with the meat.
  3. Pour both cans of the tomato sauce into the crock pot, add chili seasoning to taste, and hot peppers (we add the hot peppers slowly, over time, so we don’t get our chili too hot).
  4. Cook chili on low for at least 3 hours — stir occasionally, and if you prefer a hotter chili, add more hot peppers or even some red pepper flakes over time.
  5. Serve with grated cheese, tortilla chips or corn bread/muffins!
  6. Don’t forget to make a batch of my Simply Sweet Corn Muffins to go with this chili- they complement one another perfectly!

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Each Tuesday during the Fall and Winter The Centsible Family will showcase a slow cooker (crock-pot) recipe that one of the Mavens of Money have tried and tasted. By sharing we hope you will be able to save a little time during the week as we all know saving time is just as valuable as saving money. And you will be able to enjoy a hot meal at the end of your day.

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Mackenzie is the mother of three beautiful little girls and the wife to a wonderful man who is a Navy Reservist and lives in New Hampshire. She enjoys bargain hunting, photography, and working outside! Above all, she enjoys family life and soaking up every moment. She shares her tips on parenting, saving money, green-living and more on her blog The Centsible Family.

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