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Last night for dinner we made a slow cooker Chilli. It was our first time using the slow cooker to make Chilli and we thought it came out well so I thought I would share the recipe. The original recipe is from AllRecipes.com but we changed it a little bit.
Here is the link to the original recipe if you would like to see it.
Slow Cooker Chilli II – AllRecipes.com
This is how we made it:
Slow Cooker Chilli
1 pound ground beef (we used a wonderful organic ground beef that Hubby’s parents gave us, thanks!)
1 onion diced
3 stalks celery diced
2 green bell peppers diced
2 cloves of garlic minced
2 cans of tomato paste
2 – 15oz cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 – 15oz can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup water
½ Tbsp Chilli powder
1 tsp salt
¾ tsp dried basil
¾ tsp dried oregano
¼ tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp hot pepper sauce
Beef, Chicken, or Vegetable Stock (whichever you like or have on hand, we used chicken)
In a skillet on medium heat cook ground beef until brown and cooked through. Drain any excess fat. Add beef to the slow cooker.
Mix in the rest of the ingredients, except for the stock.
Once ingredients are mixed together, add enough stock just to cover chilli mixture, stir.
Cook on low setting in slow cooker for 8 hours.
We served the Chilli with crusty bread for dipping, and salad. Slow cooker meals are wonderful for when you have guests over. You can prepare them ahead of time so that you can better enjoy the time you have with your guests. Also, after it is done cooking you can leave the slow cooker on the warm setting keeping it perfectly hot for when you are ready to serve it.
Following dinner we had a delicious array of desserts that our lovely guest baked. They were so good, and we are still enjoying some today! J
Last night I was so focused on taking pictures of people, and having a wonderful time with everyone that I forgot to snap some photos of the food. Oh well, I think there is something to be said for enjoying the moment and avoiding spending the whole time behind a lens.
Do you have any favorite slow cooker meals?