With the cooler temperatures upon us, it’s time to turn to comfort foods!
Casseroles, soups, stews, roasts and my personal favourite: chili.
Readers who’ve been with me for awhile know that I prefer using the crockpot. It’s so simple to just dump the ingredients in and go about your day. At the end of a long day, it’s awesome to come home to a hot meal with minimal prep. Let’s face it, by the time we get home from work, we don’t have a lot of energy left to cook dinner!
What you put into your chili all depends on what you like. Some people like to toss a little bit of everything in. I used to add green peppers but found it changed the taste, and I didn’t like it. Now I leave them out.
As a must, I like to add celery, mushrooms, onions and garlic. I alternate between using lean ground chicken or lean ground beef. You can use whatever meat you prefer. I’ve even seen recipes for chili that use sausage, which is something I might like to try in the future. So, for my chili, I have some standard ingredients: tomato sauce, red kidney
So, for my chili, I have some standard ingredients: tomato sauce, red kidney beans and lean ground chicken. You can use the Italian-seasons diced tomatoes, but I use plain and add my own spices.
Begin by cooking up the ground chicken with onions and finely chopped garlic. I try not to chop my veggies too fine because chili, in my opinion, should be chunky and hearty. To me, that’s just personal preference though, so if you like your veggies finely chopped, go for it!
Once the ground chicken is cooked through, I drain it and add it to the crockpot.
Once the meat is cooked through, just toss everything in and set your temperature. This depends on what time you start the meal, and what time you want to eat it at. Cook it on High for 4-5 hours or Low 6-8 hours.
Right before serving, add any spices you want to add, but make sure you add chili powder to give it some kick. I also add some basil, S&P and some parsley. and Serve it with garlic bread and a fresh salad and you have a wonderful cold-weather meal.
Serve it with garlic bread and a fresh salad and you have a wonderful cold-weather meal!