Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Annie's Crockpot Chili

I originally got this recipe from All Recipes but it was too spicy for my daughter and I had to modify it. I think I found a good solution by replacing a lot of the chili powder and hot pepper sauce with unsweetened cocoa.  It still has a great depth of flavor but is mild for sensitive tummies.

Annie's Crockpot Chili

1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground turkey
1 lb. bulk Italian sausage
3 (15 oz.) can beans, drained (can use black, kidney or pink)
1 (15 oz.) can chili beans in sauce, undrained
2 (28 oz) cans diced tomatoes with juice
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 Tbsp. bacon bits
4 cubes beef bouillon
1/2 cup beer
1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. white sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

1.  Heat a large pot over medium-high heat.  Crumble the meats into the pot and cook until evenly browned.  Drain off excess grease.  Place meat in at least a 6 quart crockpot (this makes a LOT).

2.  Add the remaining ingredients to crockpot; stir well.

3.  Cook on low for 7-10 hours.

4.  Serve in bowls sprinkled with cheddar cheese and sour cream.  It is very good also served with corn chips or tortilla chips.

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