On cold days like this, there’s nothin’ better than a hot meal! A delicious and very filling meal is homemade crockpot chili. This mildly spicy soup is great for a one-time big family meal or several meals for those who enjoy leftovers, although I would recommend eating it within 4 days. With a little prepping the day before, this homemade crockpot chili requires little effort to make!
On the evening before the meal is to be made, soak 3 to 4 cups of pinto beans in water overnight. Then, make sure there is about two pounds of thawed ground beef in the refrigerator.[caption id="attachment_2744" align="alignleft" width="150"] cook the ground beef with the chili powder[/caption]
Once you’re ready to make the homemade crockpot chili, start by putting two cups of water in the crockpot. Then, break up the thawed ground beef into small chunks and put in the crockpot. Next, sprinkle 7 to 10 tablespoons of chili powder over the raw meat, then put the crockpot lid on and cook on medium heat for at least two hours. If you find that you don’t have any ground beef, freeze-dried ground beef is a perfect necessity to have in your food storage for just such occasions!
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After the 2 hour mark, rinse the pre-soaked pinto beans thoroughly with hot water and add to the chili-seasoned hamburger. Don’t worry if you forget to let the beans soak overnight. Just make sure to boil them in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes, let them soak for an hour, then rinse them thoroughly in hot water before adding them into the chili.
Now’s a great time to add anywhere between ¼ cup to ½ cup of chopped onions if that’s something everyone likes. If the crockpot is left on high, let the ground beef-and-bean mix cook for another two hours to make sure the beans and meat are completely cooked.
Next, open 2 to 3 cans of diced tomatoes (but do not drain any of the tomato juices out of the cans) and dump into the crockpot. Stir the tomatoes into the chili and let it sit for about 5 minutes and then it’s ready to serve![caption id="attachment_2746" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Delicious chili![/caption]
Contributed by Angelia Kuna