Monday, December 16, 2013

Easy Slow Cooker Chili


This simple and easy recipe is perfect to feed a crowd!  Our easy slow cooker chili is fully loaded; packed with meat, beans and just the right amount of heat to make your tongue tingle.  Cooked in your crock pot all day or in just 4 hours.  It's up to you.

Our annual Christmas party is such a blast.  After years of spending all day making the perfect little appetizers and finger foods, I decided this year I was going to simplify.  A crockpot meal is exactly what we needed.  With temperatures in Phoenix dipping into the frigid 60's {insert sarcasm}, I thought a warm and hearty chili would be perfect!

This recipe starts with 4 pounds of meat!  That is some hearty chili.  Hot Italian sausage and ground beef create a flavorful chili with kidney and pinto beans cooked in a smoky tomato base.  Add the perfect amount of heat and you have the best ever crockpot chili!

We served this at our Christmas party and our guests devoured it.  We served it with some easy cheese bread and it made the perfect party meal.  No muss, no fuss. An excellent meal to serve at any occasion, prep and step away.  Serve when ready.  This chili will keep on a warm setting for hours.

Freezing:  Cool chili to room temp and fill a freezer safe container 2/3 full with chili.  It freezes for several months.  To serve:  defrost and add water to thin it out as needed.  Reheat and enjoy!

With love from our kitchen table to yours!  XO
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Simple Crock Pot Chili
SERVES 18  |  ACTIVE TIME 20 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 4 Hours 30 Min

makes 6 quarts
2 pounds hot Italian sausage, bulk (we used chicken sausage)
2 pounds 93% lean ground beef
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
3 (14.5 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
3 (14.5 ounce) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
3 (28 ounces) cans crushed tomatoes with garlic
1 (4 ounce) can diced jalapenos
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
2 tablespoons New Mexico chili powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground cumin
½-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (to taste depending on heat preference)

Cook hot sausage in a large skillet over medium heat until cooked through.  Drain drippings and add to a 6 quart crock pot.  Cook beef with salt and pepper in a large skillet over medium heat until cooked through.  Drain drippings and add to a 6 quart crock pot.  

Add remaining ingredients.  Stir to combine.  Cook on high 4-5 hours or low 6-8 hours.  Serve and enjoy!

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Adapt this recipe for a 5 quart crock pot
SERVES 12  |  ACTIVE TIME 20 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 4 Hours 30 Min
makes approximately 4 quarts
1¼ pounds hot Italian sausage, bulk (we used chicken sausage)
1¼ pounds 93% lean ground beef
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
¾ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 (14.5 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 (14.5 ounce) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
2 (28 ounces) cans crushed tomatoes with garlic
1 (4 ounce) can diced jalapenos
1½ tablespoons smoked paprika
1½ tablespoons New Mexico chili powder
 teaspoons onion powder
1½ teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1½ teaspoons ground cumin
¼-1½ teaspoons red pepper flakes (to taste depending on heat preference)

Follow above instructions.

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Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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2 comments:

  1. I love chile! I need something hearty and a little more heathy this time of year to counteract all the cookies and sweets.

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