I have an announcement for everyone. Crockpots/Slow Cookers are not just for country living anymore. How great is it to be able to dump all of your ingredients in one big pot and walk away. It’s fabulous that’s what it is! I picked up a brand new 7qt crockpot from a big box store last weekend and I was dying to make a huge pot of chili. What more could you ask for when the weather calls for an ADDITIONAL 6 inches of snow and wind chill factors well below zero?
Now let me say something about browning my ground beef. I wanted a complete crockpot cooked meal and I was concerned about cooking the ground beef in the pot but after some serious internet searches and some slow cooking experience I felt very comfortable with my plan.
2 lbs of ground beef or turkey
1 large Spanish onion (the white one) diced
2 packages of McCormick’s chili seasoning (1 for each pound of meat)
3 cans of chili beans (I’m not brand loyal)
2 15oz cans of Hunt’s Seasoned Diced Tomato Sauce For Chili
Garlic powder to taste
Lay the ground beef in the bottom of the crockpot. Smoosh it down and spread it out to the sides. Season it with salt and pepper and cut the pot on high. Leave it alone for 2 hours with the lid on. Stir it up because the meat on the bottom will be cooked. Re-smoosh it down and spread it out again and leave it for another hour. By this time all of the meat will be cooked. Drain it using either a colander or by using a slotted spoon to remove the meat and put it on a paper towel covered plate. Pour the remaining grease out of the pot.
Dump everything in the crockpot and let it cook on high for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally.
mmm mmmm good!
You’re on your own when it comes to garnish. I prefer some good mild cheddar cheese on top of mine but you can top it with cheese or sour cream or crackers or whatever.
Thanks for visiting Diva (in Demand). My blog escapades have followed me across 4 states, 3 jobs, a business venture, and a new husband. There are no mini divas yet but I have loads of nieces and nephews to slobber and wipe their dirty hands on me. I am an amateur pastry chef, certified cake decorator, and seasoned home cook who knows how to pair French cuiseine with fine wine, collard greens and cornbread. You'll find a little bit of everything around here.....where I take talking to myself to a whole new level.