Monday, October 17, 2011

3 Bean Chili

Chili is not my favorite food.

You could say that I have kind of a love/hate relationship with it.  I'ts not my favorite thing to eat, but it sure makes for a great crock pot meal.  Unlike some dinners I have waiting in my slow cooker, chili requires no work at the end.  It's right there, ready to dish up.

And it can stretch.

It's good for a crowd, makes great leftovers...I must admit to loving chili dogs (nitrate free)!  And is wonderful to send with the hubs in his lunch.

Last week I tried a new chili recipe.  I adapted it from another one I had found many years ago.  I think it came out pretty good.  And I got to have my beloved chili dogs (nitrate free!) the next day.

3 Bean Chili
2 pounds ground beef (or you could use ground turkey or a combination of both)
2 15oz cans kidney beans
2 15oz cans white beans
2 15 oz cans black beans
2 15oz cans tomato sauce
1 large onion, diced
2  4oz cans Ortega chilies, chopped
1 tablespoon of chipotle peppers (more or loss, depending on how "hot" you like it)*
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
red hot pepper flakes, to taste
1 bottle of beer
Brown the meat.  Using a slotted spoon, spoon the meat into the crock pot.  Add all of the other ingredients and cook on low for 8-12 hours or on high for 4-6 hours.  

This is delicious served with corn bread.  I like to make mini cornbread muffins.  And I chop another onion and grate some cheese to go on top.  I also like a little bit of ketchup (organic, of course, with no HFCS) with mine.

*kitchen tip: Chop all of the chilies from the can and spoon by tablespoon, with the sauce, into an ice cube tray.  Freeze and then pop out the cubes into a freezer bag.  The next time you are making chili or soup or anything which needs a kick, just pop the frozen cube right in.


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  1. Chili is one of my favorite foos too (especially with corn chips and cheese :) ), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  2. Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

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  3. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures' Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    This looks really tasty!

    Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  4. Your chili looks hearty and delicious. Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  5. We're having chili tonight and now I'm wishing we had more than kidney beans to add to it!

    Thanks for linking up to Friday Food this week!
    ~Shannon, Food Channel Editor,