Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Crockpot Wednesday

Joining in on Crock pot Wednesday over at Dining with Debbie has gotten me to use my crock pot more often. A winning situation all the way around – dinner is ready when I get home and the sweet aroma of a hot meal cooking is a very nice thing to come home to after a tiring day.

Ingredients I used, because this is what was in the pantry before pay day…………

1 ½ lbs. ground beef and a patty of frozen ground turkey which was sitting alone in the freezer

I medium onion, chopped fine

6 scallions, chopped including lots of the green part

½ cup white wine

1 heaping TB chili powder

1 heaping teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon ground cumin

3 minced garlic cloves

1 (15 oz.) can black beans

1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes and about ¾ cup of diced tomatoes that were in the fridge

1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce

Simple. Brown the beef and that bit of turkey. Drain the fat off.

Tip into the crock pot and put all the other ingredients in the pot on top.

Stir well. I started the cooker on HIGH about 5:30 PM and let it cook until 10 PM. Turned off the heat and removed the crock. Don’t you just love the removable crocks? They are so much easier to clean.

Note: Tip about cleaning off hard cooked bits – fill the empty crock with hot soapy water and toss a dryer sheet in to soak. Later on, the dryer sheet can be gently swished against the cooked on bits and it comes out easier.

I put the chili into a casserole dish and let it cool a bit then refrigerated overnight. Next day I put the casserole dish in a 300 degree oven and let it heat again for an hour.

The nice thing about this is, we all know chili is better the second day, and it was. The black beans were a good addition – we don’t like the thicker red kidney beans.

I served this with cheese quesadillas, sour cream and Newman’s Own Salsa. You can see it was accompanied by Pabst beer…sometimes a good cheap beer is just the ticket!

A good hearty meal when the temperatures turning cooler....

If you try this one give me a shout and let me know if you like it.


girlichef said...

mmmmmm....comfort!! Looks delish...and really...about the dryer sheet? HUH! :D

Pierce said...

Swear about the dryer sheet. If I have a big glass casserole and there is burnt on lasagna ore whatever....let it soak.

heartnsoulcooking said...

I love a YUMMY!!! chili recipe.
The dryer sheet idea is a must try.

Cathy said...

Yum!! This would be perfect here today - cold and foggy. And the dryer sheet idea....friggin genius!

monicajane said...

gotta work on getting a crock pot!

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Crock pot and slow cooking is great stuff! Love this one too!

Wandering Coyote said...

I happen to be using my crock pot right now to make some chicken stock!

Why, oh why, can I not get into chili? I just don't know...

Kim said...

Love the tip on the dryer sheet! I also love that you served a quesadilla with your chili. I don't know why I've never thought of that! Sounds delicious and comforting and even better with a Pabst;)

5 Star Foodie said...

Looks comforting and yummy! I need to get a crockpot!

Pierce said...

I have definately been getting use out of the slow cooker lately.

Wc - if you don't like chili do you think it's because of the beans? Cause you do like hamburger or ground turkey, right?

Thank you all for the great comments!! I had meant to get online sooner but it's been busy and whne I did get online, my internet crapped out. Turned out it was my browser - I have switched to Mozilla. Much better,

Wandering Coyote said...

It's not the beans...It's the whole concept...

Nat said...

That chilli i would love to dive into !!!!...i don't have a crock pot so i chuck my casserole pot in the oven for a good 3 hours...I need a crock pot makes life so much easier !