About halfway through this year, my husband and I realized that we had quite literally filled our living room with rocking chairs. Seven rocking chairs littered the carpet, all different shapes, sizes, and ages. I couldn’t help but laugh and point out that our home looked very much like an assisted living facility.
But when we began hosting one of our church’s community groups not too long later, I quickly discovered the value of those rocking chairs. Eating together is a big part of establishing and maintaining community, but that is difficult to do at a kitchen table made for two people. So we filled our rocking chairs and our Wednesday night meal time with our friends and delighted in the fact they were being put to good use.
But filling the rocking chairs with hungry men and women at mealtime meant there was a need to fill the people with food. This was at first a daunting task as I balanced a breastfeeding newborn who wanted to be carried for twelve hours out of the day.
This is where my baby carrier and my chili recipe come in handy. On a Wednesday morning I can wrap my baby snug to my chest, whip together my chili ingredients and forget about them in the slow cooker for the rest of the day. I can even cut the veggies earlier in the week if I want to! Then we gather around with our friends and we eat warm chili, study the Bible, and pray. It is a huge hit!
I particularly love how thick this chili is. It’s both meaty and filled with veggies, so you get the best of both worlds.
Try it out and let me know what you think!
The Best Crockpot ChiliPrint This
- 1 lb hamburg
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 cup carrots
- 1 cup celery
- 2 tablespoons garlic
- 2 cans diced tomatoes with green chiles
- 1 can tomato paste
- 2 cans black beans, drained
- 2 cans kidney beans, drained
- 1 package frozen corn
- 1 tablespoon Adobo
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon Cumin
- Cheddar cheese and sour cream for toppings
1. Brown hamburg over medium heat in a deep skillet.
2. While hamburg is browning, mince onions and slice the carrots and celery.
3. Drain hamburg, then turn heat to a low medium. Add onions, garlic, carrots, and celery. Continue cooking and stir frequently until vegetables begin to soften. Careful not to let hamburg overcook.
4. Pour diced tomatoes into the crockpot. Then pour the frozen corn and the beans.
5. Remove meat/vegetable mixture from stovetop. Mix in tomato paste, then pour the mixture into the crockpot.
6. Add the spices, then stir to combine.
7. Cook on low for eight hours. Serve with cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips or cornbread.
For a quicker cooktime, cook on high for four to five hours.