Crock-pot cooking gets a bad rap sometimes.  Some people call it lazy
cooking.  I call it efficient cooking.  With most households having two
working adults, it's imperative that all non-family time is managed
wisely.  Many crock-pot recipes take only 5 -10 minutes to prep.  It can
be placed in the slow cooker before work and be done when you come
back home.  When you open the door, you'll smell the wonderful aroma
of a home cooked meal wafting through your abode.  

Chili recipes are perfect for the crock-pot.  They normally cook in a pot,
are easy to prep and smell delicious when cooking.  The great thing
about chili is how easily it can be changed and adapted to your taste.  
Here are a couple of my quick and easy to make crock-pot chili recipes.


Tex Mex Chili

What you need:

  • 2 lbs round steak cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 151/2 oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 41/2 oz can green chiles, drained and chopped
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1 t cumin
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 t salt

What you do:

  • In a large skillet, brown meat in heated oil.  Place meat in slow
    cooker.  Add remaining ingredients to crock-pot and mix
    thoroughly.  Cook, covered, for 8 hours on low.



Sausage and Beef Chili


What you need:

  • 3/4 lb bulk spicy Italian sausage
  • 3/4 lb ground beef
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 16 oz dried red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (28 oz) and 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 4 T chili powder
  • 2 T ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 t salt

What you do:

  • Brown beef and sausage in a large skillet, drain.  In a 6 quart
    crock-pot/slow cooker, add all ingredients and mix.  Cook,
    covered, for 8-10 hours on low, or until beans are tender but not
    mushy.


Both of these recipes are great served with sour cream, cheese and
green onion on top.  To add more heat, try some jalapenos or a couple
shakes of hot sauce.
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