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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

It's Chili Weather

Janet Groene’s
Slow Cooker Shortcut Chili
    You probably have many chili recipes, but this one eliminates a lot of steps. It’s packed with complex flavors. See if it works for you. Use a 4- to 5-quart cooker. 
28- to 32-ounce can of diced tomatoes, undrained
3 cans, 15 ounces each, canned beans*
1 pound of lean ground beef, pork, turkey or a mixture
3 large onions, diced
1 each red and green peppers, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
8-ounce can of tomato sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon each ground cinnamon and smoked paprika
3 tablespoons minced garlic
    Spray the cooker insert. Add tomatoes and beans. Using your hands, pinch off small bits of the ground meat and stir them in. Add remaining ingredients. Stir. Cook 6 to 8 hours on Low or 3 ½ to 4 hours on High. Stir and add salt** and pepper to taste.
    Serve with toppings such as sour cream, grated cheese, chopped sweet onion, tortilla chips, etc. Serves 8.

* Use three different kinds.Choose kidney beans, pinto or black beans, chickpeas, fava beans, cannellini, navy beans, etc.
** All the canned items are probably salted, so additional salt is not recommended. 

See Janet Groene's camp and RV recipes each week at Her books Living Aboard Your RV, 4th Edition, and Cooking Aboard Your RV, 2nd Edition, are available from the RV Book Store, (800)274-9738. Best gift yet for a newbie: buy both books.

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