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Game Day Chili

Game Day Chili

Fall is finally here! And I finally feel a little less self-conscious about the pumpkins and fall decorations that I’ve had out since around the middle of August. Okay, maybe it was more like the beginning of August.. No shame in my Fall game.

 

Decor aside, it’s perfect weather for two favorites that go pretty much hand-in-hand: football and a crock-pot full of chili. I know people get finicky about using the term “chili”. Traditional chili, AKA “bowl of red”, is beef and chilis. No beans. This chili variety uses beans, different meat types, and all kinds of other good stuff. It’s a true hearty, stick to your bones kind of meal, with plenty of protein and fiber to keep your belly full.

It’s a pretty straight forward process that requires a little prep work and then slow cooks in the crock pot for the rest of the day. So not only is it tasty, but you’ll have plenty of time to get your weekend chores finished up while the crock pot works its magic. Or, don’t do any work and veg out on the couch watching football like we end up doing a lot of the time… Totally up to you.

To begin, cook bacon in a large pan over medium heat until brown and crisp on both sides. Crumble and set aside. Remove most of the drippings, reserving enough to cook the peppers and onions (a tablespoon or so). Add diced green peppers, onions, and garlic and cook 3-5 minutes until beginning to soften, stir frequently so the garlic doesn’t burn. When done, set aside or you can go ahead and put the softened veggies and crumbled bacon into a crock pot set on low.

Add the ground chuck and sausage to the pan. Cook until the meat is browned and drain grease. Plain, hot, or Italian seasoned sausage work well. I’ve also used beer brats (casing removed and crumbled) and it was pretty darn good too.

 

Add spices/seasonings, worcestershire, and one can of broth to the meat. Bring to a simmer and add the tomato paste. Simmer until the tomato paste melts in, stirring frequently. Carefully add contents to the crock pot and stir well.

Next, add the drained tomatoes, drained/rinsed beans, and second can of beef broth to the crock-pot. Stir well, replace lid, and slow cook for around 8 hours until the liquid reduces down some.

To make this even less traditional, feel free to go crazy with toppings and extras for it. A favorite here is shredded cheese and goldfish crackers or cheddar jalapeno cornbread.

Enjoy!!

 

Game Day Chili

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs ground chuck
  • 1/2 lb ground sausage (plain or italian seasoned works fine)
  • 1/4 lb thick-cut bacon.
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic (approx. 3 cloves)
  • 2 cans beef broth
  • 1 can tomato paste (6oz)
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes, most of liquid drained
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • **Add salt to taste. I generally don't use any at all.

Instructions

  1. In a large pan, cook bacon over medium heat until brown and crisp on both sides. Crumble and set aside. Pour out most of the drippings, reserving enough to cook the peppers and onions in. Add diced green peppers, onions, and garlic and cook 3-5 minutes until beginning to soften, stir frequently so the garlic doesn't burn. When done, the softened veggies and crumbled bacon can be added to a crock pot set on low.
  2. Add the ground chuck and sausage to the pan. Cook until the meat is browned and drain grease. Add seasonings, worcestershire, and one can of broth to the meat. Bring to a simmer and add the tomato paste. Simmer until the tomato paste melts in, stirring frequently. Carefully add contents to the crock pot and stir well.
  3. Next, add the drained tomatoes, drained/rinsed beans, and second can of beef broth to the crock-pot. Stir well, replace lid, and slow cook for around 8 hours.
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