My yummy winter chili

My yummy winter chili

I love comfort food in the winter! It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, plus it keeps the winter chill at bay. Slow cooker are great for recipes just like this because in the words of Ron Popeil you can “set it and forget it”! Chili is totally a matter of taste and there are some that say true chili is only meat, chili peppers, onion, and tomatoes and any variation from that is blasphemous … Well fit friends then I’m a blasphemer! I am just a “messier” cook than that .. I love to throw all sort of veggies and stuff in my chili both during cooking and in the bowl. My toppings generally include 0% Greek yogurt (I prefer to sour cream), reduced fat sharp cheddar, Cornbread (baked with actual corn in it), and sometimes brown rice! It looks like a holy mess but boy does it taste good! Today I am posting my basic chili recipe chock full of beans for extra protein and yummy fiber! enjoy!!

Makes 12-16 cups
slow cooker high for 4 hours
Brown 2lbs lean ground beef (or turkey or chicken)
Chop 1/2 onion
Mince 2 cloves garlic
1 can light red kidney beans
1 can dark red kidney beans
1 can cannelli beans/ great northern beans
2 15oz cans crushed tomatoes
2 15 Oz cans of diced tomatoes
1 bottle beer (I always like a seasonal – I used blue moon winter abbey)
1cup beef broth
2 bay leaves (don’t forget to remove before serving)
1tbsp brown sugar(I used Splenda brown sugar)
Chili powder and cumin to taste
Chili sauce (tobasco or sriacha) to taste
Salt and pepper to taste


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