Thursday, June 16

Slow Cooker Traditional Bean-less Chili

My family loves chili, they just do not like beans. It took me a while to modify my old chili recipe to maintain all those traditional chili flavors without beans. Here is a great bean-less chili recipe which works with multiple protiens-beef, turkey, and even soy vegetable crumbles. Making this the must have chili recipe in my book!

Serves 4-6
Full time 4 hours high, 7 hours low

The needs-

2 lb. ground beef (or protein of choice)
15 oz can crushed tomatoes
4 oz can diced green chilis (any heat level will work)
2-3 stalks celery, diced
1 large onion, diced small
1 tbsp butter*
4 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground red pepper (substitute more black if desired)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

*For soy vegetable crumbles, you will not need the butter

The know-

In bottom of slow cooker pour crushed tomatoes, diced chilis, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, red pepper, and cayenne.

Add in celery and onions, stirring to combine.

In a saute pan over medium-high heat, brown beef with butter, for 5-6 minutes until 95% browned. If using a different protien your browning time will vary. If using soy vegetable crumbles, skip this step.

Drain and add into slow cooker, stir well to full combine.

Cover and cook 3 1/2 hours on high/6 1/2 or until celery is easy to pierce with a fork.