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« on: February 23, 2011 06:41:24 PM »

Here it is as Chili Mac.  mmmmmm, Chili Mac

Crockpot Chili
The crockpot is for ease & away cooking; you can make this in a big pot on your stove as well.

2 pounds ground beef, coarse or chili ground if you can get it
2 (14.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
2 (16 oz.) cans pinto beans, drained & rinsed
2 medium onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
2 Tablespoons chili powder
1 Tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Toppers: cheese, jalapenos, sour cream, etc. (you know what you like)
Chili Friends: macaroni, cornbread, tater tots, fritos!

  WARNING: This makes a lot of chili!  You could half this recipe if you desired.  I make a lot for two reasons: 1. I have a teenage son.  2. I love leftovers!

1. Brown beef, and then add to crockpot. (I admit that I have skipped this step, and my chili turned out a-okay.  I do find that if you do not brown, then the meat has a finer texture, especially if using regular ground beef.)
2. Add remaining ingredients (not the toppers and friends) to crockpot, and give it a good stir.  (You may think it is too dry, but trust me, it's not.)
3. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.  (If you skipped browning beef, you will have to increase the time a bit.)
4. EAT!  Now you can eat this as is, or you can top with topping. (I cannot eat chili without some sort of cheese.)  You can serve over macaroni for fab chili mac.  You can serve…dare I say it….over fritos or tater tots (which seems so sinful but is so yummy).   And don’t forget cornbread, it is good along side, crumbled on top, or nestled underneath.

   Variations: Don’t be afraid to change this up!  You can use different meats (turkey, half beef/half pork).  You can use different beans (kidney, black).  You can add spicy tomatoes (for me it would be Rotel).  Kick it up with a bit of cayenne.  Add some veggies (corn, green pepper).   Have fun and cook! Grin

Stovetop Cooking: So you want to cook your chili on the stove, easy peasy!  When I make it on the stove first I soften the onions.  Then, I add garlic and brown the beef.  Next, I add the rest of the ingredients (not the toppers of friends).  I let soft simmer for 1 hour (sometimes longer for flavor melding).  And finally serve and eat. Grin
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2011 04:42:52 PM »

« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2011 06:10:08 AM »

I'm trying this today! It does seem really dry, but I will trust you. I figure if by the time I get home (after its been cooking about 6 hours) I can always add some tomato sauce or something. I will let you know what I think!

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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2011 08:04:43 PM »

Gotta get some supplies but I'm looking forward to making this early in the week.

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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2011 01:45:17 PM »

I love this recipe! I've never made chili before that I actually liked! I've already made this three times, stuck exactly to the recipe so far except once I used pork because it was on sale. Awesome! Everyone loves it! Next time I make it I think I'm going to play around with adding some more vegetables...
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