Homemade Chili

I woke up a little early this morning to make some homemade chili so it could it could simmer in the crockpot all day long.

Ingredients

Base

  • 1 large can of tomato sauce
  • 1 can of chili style diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of basil, garlic & oregano diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of Rotel diced tomatoes & green chilis
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1.5 pounds of low fat ground beef

Seasonings

  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder + 1 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp onion powder + 1 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp ground cayenne red pepper
  • 4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin*
  • 1 tsp basil

Toppings

  • 1 can of whole kernel yellow corn
  • 1 bunch of green onions
  • sour cream
  • shredded cheese
  • saltine crackers

Directions

  1. Dump all the cans of tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, & beans into the crockpot.
  2. Mix all the seasonings together in a small bowl then dump them in the crockpot, minus the extra tablespoons of garlic powder & onion powder.
  3. Brown the ground beef with the extra tablespoons of garlic powder & onion powder. Drain if it’s super greasy (I never use oil in the pan because the ground beef releases enough so I don’t drain it) then dump it in the crockpot.
  4. Chop the red onion & green bell pepper, then sauté them in the pan. Dump them in the crockpot.
  5. Let it simmer on low for as many hours as you’ve got.

It’s spicy, but flavorful. Absolutely delicious.

Serve it over rice & don’t you dare skimp on those toppings, either. Crush the saltines, sprinkle in the shredded cheese & chopped green onions, spoon in the crunchy corn right from the drained can & plop the sour cream on top.

* I hate cumin. Use more (up to 2 tsp) if you like it.

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