This is the easiest pot of Chili you will ever make and probably right up there with some of the best you have ever had. You can seriously put this together in 15 minutes and come back 8 hours later.....and you better be hungry!! I know it is the season for chili with the cooler weather coming. This is perfect on those Sunday Game days on the couch. Once you make this....there are many ways to serve it. I will show you what I did with mine in the coming days.....let's get started!!
CROCK POT CHILI
3 LBS 85% LEAN GROUND BEEF 2 RED PEPPERS DICED 2 YELLOW PEPPERS DICED 1 LARGE ONION DICED 2 28 OZ CANS CRUSHED TOMATOES 1 14 OZ CAN DICED TOMATOES 1 CAN OF RED KIDNEY BEANS 2 TSP SALT 2 TSP PEPPER 2 TSP CHILI POWDER 2 TSP SMOKED PAPRIKA
First, grab a large saute pan and your crock pot!
Begin to brown all the meat in the saute pan.....no need for oil just throw the meat in and break it up with a spoon as it browns.
While the meat is browning.....dice up your peppers and onions.
OK....your prep is done. That actually might have been 10 minutes!!!
So now get your veggies in the crock pot, drain your meat and get that in also.
Next, just open the cans and dump it all on top....just don't forget to always rinse that syrupy liquid off of your beans!!
Last....all the spices!!! Now, it will have a bit of a kick and a great smoky flavor from that smoked paprika. But if you are not sure about how much of a kick you like you can go with half of the amounts at first, then half way through the cooking process, taste and add the other half, or more, if you like. I find that these amounts are perfect for our taste but you decide for your family!!
Now just give it all a good stir, put the top on, and have a great day!!!! I usually put it on for about 7 hours.....
The last thing you will do is skim the top. You will see the fat from the meat collected on top when it is just about done. Use a big spoon to skim it off gently. This will also help make a thicker chili when done!!
There you go!! The last hint I will give you is turn it off, take the top off and let it cool and sit about an hour before you serve it. It will get thicker as it cools also. You can serve it right away but I like to give it this time to rest. Slow cooked meals should always have a chance to rest at the end. Don't ask why....that's just what Grandma always told me!!!
You should smell my house.....amazing!! So you can keep checking back to see how else I serve this chili....especially for Game Days and Parties, but for today we will just eat it like it is and enjoy it on it's own. It is actually a healthy dish on its own.....until I topped it with cheese, sour cream, bacon and scallions!! Haha......