Slow Cooker Chili

In Comfort Food, Entrees on October 25, 2010 at 6:00 am

There’s nothing better on a cold, rainy, fall day than to have chili cooking all day. I’m officially in love with the slow cooker my mom bought me over the summer. It’s a good size one, 5 quarts, and it made a TON of chili, that will more than likely be my dinner all week. Who doesn’t love to cook once and not have to think about it the rest of the week? ME!!

I based the recipe off of one I found on allrecipes.com, a recipe site that my friend Steph introduced me to. The recipe that I based my chili on is officially called Slow Cooker Chili II. I of course made a few tweaks and have a few more for next time too. For the most part I followed the recipe as listed on the site, but I changed the quantities of some of the ingredients.

To begin with I used closer to 1 and a half pounds of ground beef, instead of the recommended 1 pound.

Meat Browning

Once it was done I added it and all the ingredients the recipe called for into the slow cooker. The changes I made were using an entire medium green pepper instead of only 3/4ths of a cup of one. I also used 3 cloves of minced garlic instead of just 2. I also used 1/2 a teaspoon instead of an 1/8th of a teaspoon of hot pepper sauce.

Cookin' in the Slow Cooker

I cooked the chili for 7 hours on low heat, and then I removed the lid for the last hour in order to let some of the liquid evaporate. I like my chili thicker, so that’s why I did this, otherwise I would have just let it cook covered for the entire 8 hours. I topped it with some shredded cheddar cheese, and….

Ready to Serve

the result was as yummy as it was good looking! I also had some of the Honey Cornbread Muffins I made the day before with it. SUPER YUMMY!!

There are some changes I will be making next time though.

  1. I cut the onion and peppers very small, next time I want more of them, such as an entire onion, and 2 green pepper, and I will cut them in larger chunks.
  2. I may also add a red pepper or 2.
  3. I will also be using more hot pepper sauce.

If you haven’t already noticed I like my chili spicy and this was a good start, but next time I want to take the temperature up a bit!

Next up a seasonal dessert!

In the meantime….

Bon Appetit!

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  1. Freeze it for me!

  2. love to but this is dinner for the week!

  3. Erin! I was looking through the #BUNewmedia thread and I found your blog. My blog is also food-related, but specifically vegetarian cooking/food in boston. I’m probably making vegetarian chili for dinner tomorrow night – check it out! (hungryhungryvegetarian.wordpress.com)

  4. that sounds AMAZING! I’ll definitely check that out! I have a friend coming up in 2 weeks that’s a vegan; do you know any good restaurants in Boston that would have options for her?

    • This might be too late, but for future reference – The Grasshopper Restaurant in Allston and The Otherside Cafe off Newbury St are both great restaurants with tons of veg/vegan options.

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