Original Date: December,21 2020 Revised Date: November 11, 2022
Now that the weather is starting to turn cooler here in the South, well, on the days when the temps are not climbing into the high 70’s, it’s time for some hearty comfort food. This slow cooker chili is just that. It’s meaty and satisfying with a nice kick of spice, but not too spicy….unless you want it to be. You can throw it together and let it cook for hours and have a nice dinner everyone will love. It’s even better the next day.
The hardest part, and it really isn’t that hard, is browning the beef. The other hard part is trying not to lift the lid on the slow cooker to take a few bites. The wonderful smell wafting through the house for several hours makes it so tempting. This is one of those dishes my hubby asks for during the fall and winter months so I do tend to make this a lot. It also makes a great meal when you have friends and family over. I will admit, when I was a kid I hated beans in the chili. I would try to leave all of the beans behind and just score all of the other tasty stuff. Of course my mom and dad wasn’t too pleased with being left with mostly beans and a few morsels of beef and tomatoes. I can proudly say that when I got older I learned to savor this comforting dish, beans and all.
So pull out your slow cooker and get ready to fill your home with the mouthwatering smell of simmering chili.
Here’s what you need:
*1 lb ground beef
*1 small onion, chopped
*3 garlic cloves, minced
*1 1/2 TBS chili powder, or more to taste
*2 tsp. Chipotle powder, or more to taste
*1 tsp. salt
*2 tsp. garlic powder
*2 tsp. onion powder
*2 tsp. cumin
*2 tsp. coriander
*2 tsp. paprika
*2 tsp. dried Thyme
*1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
*2 tsp. beef stock base; I used Better than Bullion Beef base
*1 bay leaf
*2 cans of light kidney beans, drained
*2 cans diced tomatoes with juices
*1 15oz. can tomato sauce
*shredded cheese for topping (optional)
Heat a large pan over medium high heat. Add the ground beef and brown; drain if needed. Turn down the heat to medium and add all of the herbs and spices (chili powder thru the beef stock).
Mix well and cook for 1 minute, add any more herbs or spices if needed. Spoon in to the slow cooker.
Add in the onions and garlic.
Add in the beans, tomatoes and tomato sauce.
Mix all of the ingredients together and then add in the bay leaf.
Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.
Remove the bay leaf and serve with some nice crusty bread and top with cheese if desired.
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