Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Easy Crockpot Chili

Chili is so versatile. You can heat it up, slow it down, ramp up the veggies, or pack in the meat. Here is a version of meatless chili, just in case you're getting sick of ground meat. If not, brown up ground beef, turkey, or chicken and add. This is a guide though - add whatever veggies you want - or omit some of the ones you see below. Experiment!

1 large onion, chopped
1-2 bell peppers (you choose color), chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
5 garlic cloves, chopped
1 medium zucchini, chopped

1.5 c kidney beans
1.5 c pinto beans OR
1 c dried beans, soaked overnight and BOILED for at least an hour, otherwise they will be hard

1 32 oz can pureed tomoatoes
1 16oz cans diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp. tomato paste

1 T harissa OR
1 teaspoon dried cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder

salt and pepper to taste
1 T Rapadura (unrefined sugar)
2 cups stock (or water)

Add ingredients to slow cooker. Mix.

Cook for 8 hours.

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