Recipe by mbmiller2318
"Chili is always a little bit of experimentation, a whole lot of flavor, and one of my absolute favorite dishes. There is always a little give and take but here is my honed recipe with the (staple) list of ingredients. Serve in a bowl on a cold night or even spread over white or brown rice sometimes. Always sprinkle generously with Cheddar cheese and crumbled tortilla chips and maybe a dollop of sour cream and enjoy!"
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olive oil, divided
lean ground beef
salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 (15 ounce) cans
2 (15 ounce) cans
2 (15 ounce) cans
white kidney beans (cannellini)
1 (15 ounce) can
1 (14.5 ounce) can
Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
1 (7.75 ounce) can
Mexican-style hot tomato sauce (such as El Pato®)
green bell pepper, chopped
I halved the recipe and it still filled my crock-pot. I did use the whole onion, green bell pepper. It is a pretty meaty and bean chili, not heavy on the tomatoes or tomato sauce for those that want more meat and bean chili. The flavor was a good balance and not spicy hot. I went ahead and added in my whole 7oz. cans of El Pato and tomato sauces, and it was still a pretty thick and meaty base. I didn't have Mexican stewed tomatoes but a 10 ounce can of diced tomatoes and green chilies was perfect to give a bit more tomatoes to the brew. The only thing missing for me after I tasted it was heat. So I added in a minced jalapeno. I totally forgot the optional red wine, but it was still good without it. This chili reminds me of the chili my friends in the Mid-west make, the ranch beans added a great flavor. Was good on a cold night and we did top with crushed tortillas and cheddar cheese.
Ultimate Slow Cooked Chili Haiku: "Halved the recipe, but still way too many beans. Good, not 'ultimate.'" The ingredient list is unneccesarily long, but I was faithful to it, only not using the optional red wine, and sauteeing the bell pepper w/ the onion, beef and garlic in step 1. It just seemed like so many of those ingredients either competed w/ the others, or were just straight drowned out by the others. Definitely not saying it wasn't a good chili, just not mind-blowing. Glad that it called for Ranch-style beans though; we love those!
I think this a great recipe, especially to feed a crowd.
Made this recipe exactly as written, including adding 1/2 cup red wine for the final 2 hours of cooking. Flavor was perfect, not too spicy nor too mild. I will make this again and recommend it just as written.
Good basic recipe. I think the green pepper and onions are great and I love the different kind of beans. I added black beans to my mixture as well. I also use half ground beef and half ground pork. It serves plenty of folks!
Tasted great! My family loved it. The only thing I changed was that I didn't have any worcestershire sauce so I substituted A-1 sauce and came out fine.
This was the best chili I have ever had
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
The Ultimate Slow Cooked Chili
Serving Size: 1/10 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 492
** Calories from Fat: 150
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