Chili is a staple when it turns into autumn. It keeps you warm and full and is totally a comfort food. It is also ideal for feeding a crowd, as I did this weekend when BF’s brother was in town and brought a full appetite.
Beef and Bean Chili
(Inspired by America’s Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution Vol. 2)
1 lb ground beef
2 cups chopped onion
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tsp dried oregano/Italian seasoning
1 (15 oz) can black beans
1 (15 oz) can pinto beans
1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans
1 (15 oz) can white kidney beans
28oz canned crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Microwave broken up ground beef, onions, chili powder, oregano, salt and pepper for 10 minutes on 50% power. Try to make sure that most of the beef is no longer pink.
2. Stir all cans of beans together in a medium bowl.
3. Transfer meat mixture to slow cooker, breaking up any large pieces of beef. Stir in beans, tomatoes, and brown sugar.
4. Cover and cook on low for 6 1/2-7 hours.
5. Enjoy with some delicious cornbread and your favorite chili toppings!
(Stolen off the Glutino Yankee Cornbread Mix box)
1 box Glutino GF Yankee Cornbread mix
1 1/3 cup buttermilk
6 tbsp melted butter
1/4 cup sugar
Nonstick cooking spray
1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
2. Combine bread mix and sugar in medium bowl.
3. Pour in wet ingredients and mix to create a batter-like consistency. Pour batter into a baking dish that has been sprayed with the non-stick cooking spray. (You can also use leftover butter instead of cooking spray if you’d like).
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top and sides get crispy.
This was a great recipe to come home to. The apartment smelled amazing! And it was a crowd pleaser, especially with two hungry gents.
The microwave trick that ATC suggested was a wonder. Often, people brown the beef in a pan before throwing it in the crock pot. I thought this worked much better and saved me a pan to wash.
You can use however many cans of beans you want. I chose four because I had them in my cabinet. The original recipe calls for three. Your choice.
Definitely going into the regular meal rotation for cold winter days. 🙂