Thursday, September 20, 2012

4 Bean Chili

This is the PERFECT weather for CHILI!!  I am obsessed with fall (if you haven't noticed) - and being preggers right now is perfect cause I can get away with sweatpants every day :)  Figured I would make up a batch of chili for us to munch on all week...froze the rest of it for another fall day!!

5 – 6 cloves garlic, minced
1 large white or red onion, diced
1 jalapeño, minced
1 can dark kidney beans, rinsed
1 can light kidney beans, rinsed
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 can navy beans, rinsed
1 can tomato paste
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
1 lb raw ground turkey, beef or cubed chicken
Optional:  1 cup frozen corn, added just before serving
Adjust seasoning to taste:
1 – 2 tsp ground cumin
1 – 2 tsp ground red chili powder (2T if you like spicy)
1 tsp ground cayenne pepper (2T if you like spicy)
Fresh chopped cilantro for topping

Layer in crock pot starting with onions, garlic and jalapeño.  Next add beans, tomatoes and paste, and spices.  Stir in raw meat last, meats cook faster than vegetables, so don’t be afraid to put it in raw.  Cook on low setting all day.   Stir in frozen corn about 5 – 10 minutes before serving. 

Top with shredded cheese, cilantro and/or sour cream, and serve with a side of corn bread

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