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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
- Minced Organic Red Onions
- Grated Organic Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- Organic Sour Cream
- Organic Hot Sauce(s)
- Organic Corn Chips
- Mix the ground chuck, tomatoes, onions, seasonings, and beans together in the crock pot early in the morning.
- Turn it on high, so your chili is sure to be ready when the party starts to crank in late afternoon.
- By 2:00-3:00, you may want to adjust your seasonings to taste and turn the crock pot down to low heat.
- Shortly before your guests arrive, prepare the elbow macaroni.
- 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!