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Ok, if you're ignoring that slow cooker/crock pot in the bag of your cupboard or you don't have one, for no real major reason, dig it out and start with this recipe! Seriously easy and it makes the best chilli. And HEALTHY! I promise! I think that's why I didn't use the slow cooker before - I had only ever seen recipes for slow cookers that used pre-packaged ingredients like a can of soup over chicken, or ketchup, sugar, soy sauce, etc. to make sweet and spicy sauces. I knew I couldn't eat that stuff and so I thought that's what slow cookers did.
They are, honestly, awesome for making your supper for you. I don't use it a lot, because I love chopping, stirring, sautéing, over the hot stove. But for days when you know suppertime is going to be rushed and probably not 'together as a family', use a slow cooker! Give yourself a bit of time in the morning to get things in the pot and then set to low. By dinner time, your house smells amazing, supper is ready, and your meal is bursting with flavour as it's been slowly steeping all day!
For this chilli, I used all the ingredients I would use otherwise over the stove. The only extra prep work that I did was cooking the meat in a pan before putting in the slow cooker. Then just topped it with all the rest of the ingredients, stirred, cover on.
All day, as piano and tutoring students came and went, I got comments about how amazing dinner smelled.
I'm definitely a fan of the slow cooker now. No more ignorance. It's amazing.
Total Time: 10 minutes prep + 6--8 hours in the slow cooker on low
Ground Pork - or any ground meat - OR MEAT FREE! - I don't use a lot, usually half of the small package at the grocery store... not sure how much that really is. Sorry, lack of measuring...
Veggies of choice - we used 1 half sweet pepper, 1/2 cup frozen corn, 1 handful of spinach.
1 can diced tomatoes + 1 can water
1 can tomato paste
1 organic chicken or vegetable bouillon (or just omit and use water, or omit water/bouillon and use stock)
1 can kidney beans, rinsed
Spices - I don't tend to measure, but it should work out to about 1 tablespoon of chilli powder, garlic powder and cumin, 1 teaspoon cilantro... also optional: hot pepper flakes.
2-3 Bay leaves
Dash of sea salt/pepper
Also, just for fun, in this recipe I added: 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/8 cup maple syrup... yes, I know, totally random, but I did and it make the chilli not as spicy but sweeter, I loved it!
What to do:
1) Cook meat until no longer pink in a pan before adding to slow cooker.
2) Add all other ingredients. Give a little stir. Place cover on top and set to low for 6-8 hours. Chilli should smell delicious and should be saucy. Yummmmm, Enjoy!
We really cooked these things. From scratch. On weeknights. And we even had time to do the dishes.
They have real, simple ingredients that you'll find in your cupboards. They're healthy and delicious. No lies.
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