A number of years ago, my sister came across a recipe for chili in the newspaper. We have made it more times than I can count - it's so delicious. The other day, I took out a package of ground beef (it was 2 lbs that I didn't split right after I bought it) and I needed a good recipe to use all of the beef.
While I love my sister's recipe, as I was looking over the card today, I realized I was lacking a few ingredients (like diced tomatoes). So I decided to improvise. Normally, my improvisations do not work out well. Tonight, it was great! Here's what I did:
- 2 lbs ground beef (I used 90% lean)
- Chopped onion (I used 1/2 of a gi-normous onion)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 3 15oz cans beans (I used 1 can small red kidney beans, 1 can large red kidney beans, 1 can white beans (Cannelini) - I used this mixture because it's what I had....The original recipe actually called for 4 cans of beans - which you can do by all means, but I find it to be too many beans)
- 1 6oz can tomato paste
- 1 bottle of beer (I used a Pale Ale because it was in the fridge)
- 4 Tbsp Chili Powder
- 2 tsp Cumin
- 1 Tbsp Salt (I used kosher salt, use more or less depending on your taste)
- Hot sauce (as much or as little as you want)
- Brown the beef and the onion in a large skillet. Once browned, put all of the mixture into the crock pot liner
- Add in all of the seasonings, tomato paste, beans, and beer and mix well
|Everything's in the pot - getting ready to cook!|
- Set the crock pot for 4 hours on low. You really just need everything to mix together, and for the seasonings to flavor the meat.
- Enjoy with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream!
This really is some great chili!!! You can taste the beer, but it's a great flavor. The chili serves 8 and is 8 points plus per serving (cheese and sour cream is extra).
I made this in bulk - but it is great for lunches!!! :o)