I've been making my chili for at least 9 years now, and every time I fall in love all over again! There are easy ways to make chili, and then there is this way to make chili! It's easy to make and oh-so-good! And the added bonus, it's low carb!!
My secret...simmering all day to infuse flavor into every morsel! All you need are a few ingredients!
- Ground beef
- Chili seasoning packet
- Chili powder
- Pampered Chef Chipolte Rub (optional)
- Garlic powder
- Meat Tenderizer
- Onion (optional)
- Green Pepper (optional)
- Diced tomatoes (canned)
- Canned beans (kidney, chili, white kidney - all optional)
And here comes the instructions on how to make the easiest, best tasting chili ever!!
Brown the ground beef. Make sure to thoroughly drain the grease. Use one or two packets of the pre-made chili seasoning (depending on how much ground beef used. For this go-round, I used 2 lbs of beef and two packets of seasoning.) Add additional seasonings to taste. It will still taste mostly like plain ground beef, but that is where the magic of the crock pot comes in! You can leave it on low on the burner to have some more grease, which will help to marry the seasonings.
Add your diced tomatoes to the crock pot and turn on high. You can do this while browning the meat.
Chop your onions and green peppers if you choose to add them. Make sure they are chopped small enough to "melt" into the chili. Too large and you'll be chomping on bits of pepper and onion instead!
Put the peppers, onions, and beef into the tomatoes, keep the heat at high, and stir so that all blend together. Take a quick taste, and if you need more of any spice keep adding to taste! There is no method of measurement here...if you like spicy, go crazy with the chili powder! Or add crushed red pepper!
And that's it! Seriously! How easy was that!! Now, all you have to do is patiently wait while your mouth waters because the smell literally permeates the entire house!!
Be sure to keep stirring throughout the day, and after about 3-4 hours on high, switch to low. If you are leaving for the day, you can keep the heat on low all day. The longer you let the chili "merge" its flavors together, the better it tastes!! Once it's done, you'll salivate over the deep, rich color of the chili!
Serve it up and garnish with some shredded cheese, some sour cream, and a slice of avocado (which unfortunately, I didn't have on hand this time.) I promise, you won't be disappointed!! And if you aren't on a low carb diet like me, add those beans! Ever BETTER!
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