When it gets cold, I pretty much immediately want warm food. Something warm, preferably something that comes in a bowl, and that I can either fill up with crackers, or eat with a side of cornbread. Among the foods that come to mind, chili is right at the top of the list. Now I am well aware that there are people how have competitions with chili and there are a million ways to make it and so on and so forth. But, for me the best chili is the easy kind. This recipe is definitely easy, but it actually also tastes really good, which is always a bonus. The other great thing about it is that you can make it as hot or as mild as you want it.
- 2 lbs of lean ground beef or ground turkey
- 1 large onion
- 2 cans of diced onions (you can get the mild version but I like the ones with jalapenos)
- 1 can of tomato sauce
- 1 can of pinto beans—drained
- 1 can of kidney beans–drained
- 1 can of cannelini beans–drained
- 8 oz of water
- 2 pkgs of chili seasoning ( I use McCormick but you can use whatever)
- salt and pepper to taste
In a large skillet brown and drain ground meat, chop the onion and add it to the meat and cook for a few minutes until the onions are tender. In a large crock pot (at least 5 quarts) put all the ingredients including the meat mixture in, and mix them together. If it seems to not have enough liquid, feel free to add more water if needed, but personally thick chili is my favorite. Now you can either cook this on low for 8 hours or high for 4. You may want to stir it every now and then just to make sure there’s no sticking to the pot. As you know there are a million ways to serve chili, and well they are all pretty delicious. Any way you do it, it’s really good and the leftovers are even better the next day!