What do you do when the weather is cold? Well, folks, we’ve had a week of below zero temperatures in my neck of the woods. It hasn’t bothered me a ton, because I get into my car, which is securely parked in the garage, and I drive to work. Then I get out of my car and walk about 40 feet to my office. My nose hairs sure did freeze this morning though! So what do you do when the weather is, as Jeff would say, balls-cold outside? You make chili in your awesome crock-pot. Duh! This is Jeff’s recipe, and it incorporates stew meat and ground beef for a nice texture change up. We love to add lots of herbs and spices to our chili. Feel free to experiment yourselves. Read on for a recipe to keep your insides warm!
1lb Stew meat
1lb Ground Turkey
(vegetarians, omit the meet, and you’ll have a yummy bean chili!)
2 Green Peppers
1 large Onion
4-5 celery stalks
2 15.5 oz cans Kidney Beans
3 15.5 oz cans Chili Beans
3 15.5oz cans diced canned tomatoes
1/2 carton Beef Broth
3 cups V-8 Juice
4 tablespoons Chili powder
1 1/2 tablespoons Cumin
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1 large crock-pot
1. Brown the stew meat and ground beef separately, and add it to the crock-pot.
2. Chop the onion, celery, and green pepper and add to the crock-pot and stir.
3. Add the canned tomatoes and beans to the crock-pot and stir.
4. Add the spices to the crock-pot.
5. Add beef broth and V-8 Juice to the crock-pot.
6. Cook chili on low for 8 hours.
7. Serve with all of your favorite chili fixings! Ours are cheese, chopped raw onions, and rice wine vinegar (Jeff’s favorite is the vinegar). And of course you need a special chili bowl to serve your chili in…because it just wouldn’t taste as good, right?
Crystal is the founder of Simply Playful Fare. She has been in the kitchen for as long as she can remember. She has a degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing.