We’re in the midst of an AWESOME (negative) winter storm here in Boston so I figured a little comfort food was in order. My aunt so generously bought me a slow cooker for Christmas so I figured it was the perfect opportunity to try that out as well. It also came with a bonus mini slow cooker which will be perfect for hot dips! I found a very basic chili recipe packed with flavor on allrecipes.com.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 pound ground beef
- 3/4 cup diced onion
- 3/4 cup diced celery
- 3/4 cup diced green bell pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 (10.75 oz.) cans tomato puree
- 1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans with liquid
- 1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans, drained
- 1 (15 oz.) can cannellini beans with liquid
- 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Here’s what you do:
1) In a skillet, over medium heat, cook beef until evenly brown, then drain.
3) Once your veggies are chopped and your beef is browned, place all into the slow cooker along with the tomato puree, kidney beans and cannellini beans. Season with chili powder, parsley, salt, basil, oregano, black pepper, and hot pepper sauce.
Patiently wait 8 hours (!) for all of this goodness to slowly cook. I made this on a Sunday so I could “observe” throughout the day, but I feel confident enough now to let it sit at home while I’m at work… which I believe is the whole point. Let me tell you, my apartment smelled fantastic, so I’m looking forward to the next time I use the slow cooker and coming home from work with dinner already done!
Once it was all cooked I served it in my new favorite chunky monogrammed mug from Anthropologie (it’s only $6, so you’d be pretty silly to not treat yourself to one) and topped it with some oyster crackers and LOTS of cheese, because why wouldn’t I?
HOPEFULLY Spring will arrive soon! I’m headed off to Florida at the end of the week to escape the colddddd, but for now I have lots of chili to freeze!