Monday, September 22, 2008

Karen's Chili

The very first thing I ever made in a crock pot was a delicious batch of chili. It was rich and hearty and warm and comforting. I got the recipe from my sister in law, Karen. Coincidentally, years later, when I asked for a larger crock pot on my Christmas pollyanna list, Karen was the one who picked my name and she bought it for me! Funny, how that worked out, isn't it? Thanx for everything, Karen!

--Ok Joey I will finally reveal my SECRET RECIPE!!! (LOL). I guess it’s best to document this since I could croak tomorrow and no one would ever know the recipe as I haven’t written it down! I took a cooking class many many years ago and we made GROG CHILI. From that recipe I developed this one. I have no idea what GROG CHILI means other than maybe it is more chunky than the usual chili. Enjoy!

1 - 28 oz can – whole peeled tomatoes
1 – 14.5 oz can – tomato sauce
1 – 7 oz can – tomato paste
1 – package chili seasonings mix (Mild or Hot depending on your taste)
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
2 green peppers – chopped into large pieces
1 large sweet onion – chopped into large pieces
1 – 64 oz can – pork and beans (I use Campbell's)
1 – 64 oz can – Light Red Kidney Beans - drained

Brown ground beef then add onions and green peppers. Cook until the peppers and onions just start to get tender. This chili is meant to be chunky so don’t break up all of the ground beef chunks.
Combine all of the tomatoes into large crock pot. Squish the whole peeled tomatoes with hands leaving larger pieces of tomato. Add chili seasonings. You can add additional chili powder if desired.
Cook for a couple of hours in crock pot. Add the beans and heat thoroughly.
In a bowl put down corn chips first, then ladle on the chili and add cheddar cheese. Voila!!!!!

Tip from Karen:
Do not add the beans too early as you don’t want them to be mushy.
Let the chili rest for all of the flavors to blend. It really is best eaten the next day!

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