I admit it, a steak flashed thru my mind too after the first bite. VERY BLAND. BUT, I just adjusted the seasonings to my taste, let it cook longer, and found it was a great meal. I did follow the recipe exactly, except I only cooked it 2 hours before adding the flour/water mixture instead of 3.
I think it is a great "base" for a chili recipe. I never have luck with my crockpot and all I had to do was add chipotle, liquid smoke, cayenne pepper, cumin, paprika and brown sugar. If you are adding brown sugar I would cut back on the molasses, it was too syrupy. Also, I would like to add a lot more beans to this...I would definitely use this as a start to developing my own personalized veggie chili recipe.
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I admit it, a steak flashed thru my mind too after the first bite. VERY BLAND. BUT, I just...