Saturday, January 31, 2009

Superbowl Chili: Super Easy in the Crock Pot

© photo copyright Carrie Boyko
Joan's Chili just starting in the Crock Pot


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It never fails. I've forgotten a holiday. Not being a big football fan, I completely overlooked Superbowl Sunday. So what can I cook up in a hurry for an easy dinner on game day? Chili is great on a cold day, and surprisingly it is cold here for Central Florida--65 degrees for a high on Superbowl Sunday is chili for us. Sorry, you northerners. Anyway, here's the way I make organic chili--a slightly modified version of my mom's traditional chili with a little twist.

Joan's Crock Pot Chili
  • 1 1/2 pounds Organic Ground Chuck, browned and drained
  • 3 28-ounce cans Organic Chopped or Crushed Tomatoes with liquid
  • 2 15-ounce cans Organic Kidney Beans, Red Beans, Chili Beans or combination, drained
  • 1 large Organic Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Organic Chili Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Sea Salt
  • 2 Cups cooked Organic Elbow Macaroni, to be added at the end
Toppings:
  • Minced Organic Red Onions
  • Grated Organic Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Organic Sour Cream
  • Organic Hot Sauce(s)
  • Organic Corn Chips
Instructions:

  1. Mix the ground chuck, tomatoes, onions, seasonings, and beans together in the crock pot early in the morning.
  2. Turn it on high, so your chili is sure to be ready when the party starts to crank in late afternoon.
  3. By 2:00-3:00, you may want to adjust your seasonings to taste and turn the crock pot down to low heat.
  4. Shortly before your guests arrive, prepare the elbow macaroni.
  5. Stir into the chili, and you're done.

NOTE: Chili makes for a delicious chip and dip appetizer, as well as a main course. The wonderful thing is you don't have to fuss. The crock pot does all the work and you can watch the game--or just catch up with friends, if you're like me. Who's playing this year?

If you're feeling particularly ambitious, you might make some corn bread or corn muffins. This will be a big hit with the chili and is always a crowd pleaser.

Finally, if you're looking for a great organic beer, look no further. My guys have approved and love Caledonian Promise, which I find at our local Whole Foods Market. Send your guys out for ice and the brew while you're "slaving" over the toppings. This will give you a few minutes of peace and quiet to read, relax or perhaps check out my Sunday posting. I've put up some terrific organic cooking videos. The first recipe is a chicken dish that I'm planning to try next week. Check it out--looks great!

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