Ciao Amici! It has taken me several years but I finally jumped on the crock-pot band wagon. In Italy there really isn’t a culture for crock-pots, mainly because electricity is quite expensive. For the longest time I was afraid to use the crock-pot because the thought of leaving a cooking appliance unattended just did not seem right. After many conversations with my dear friends, I finally gave it a try and now I’m hooked. I know my friend Alaina is proud of me 😉
I usually find the recipe I like, set up all the ingredients in the crock-pot as soon as I wake up for my morning walk with Buddy, turn it on on low for the needed time and then go to work. When we both get home, the house smells delicious and we have a warm meal waiting for us. Isn’t great?! slowly I am building an archive of crock-pot recipes so we can have a few on rotation. Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking, but sometimes having someone (or something) else cook for you is pretty sweet.
So far we have tried making chili, taco soup, fajitas, chicken and dumplings, beef and broccoli, and butter chicken. All were delicious! I you want to try a few recipes yourself, here is my Pinterest Board.
Today we are talking about this delicious crock-pot chili with homemade taco seasoning. I have been making this chili for years, but in a dutch oven. After some tweaking here and there, I was able to perfect this recipe so I can cook it in the crock-pot. The taco seasoning is optional. If you’d like you can just use a store bought taco seasoning. I just find that is cheaper to make your own, and it sure tastes good.
Once your chili is done, you can pair it with your favorite choice of rice, cornbread, chips… So many options out there. I am a cornbread kind of gal. Chris is rice all the way. What is your favorite way to eat chili? Let me know in a comment below.
- 2 lb ground beef
- 1 can crushed tomatoes
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can black beans
- 1 can kidney beans
- 1/3 cup of chili seasoning
- For seasoning:
- 3/4 cup chili powder
- 2 tbsp ground cumin
- 2 tbsp dried origano
- 2 tbsp dried minced onion
- 2 tbsp season salt
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp dried minced garlic
- In a wide pan, brown the ground beef on medium-low heat;
- Pour ground beef into the crock-pot. Add beans, tomatoes, and chili seasoning. Stir the content until well blended;
- Turn on crock-pot on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours;
- Serve over a bed of rice, cornbread, or tortilla chips. Top with shredded cheese, green onions, hot sauce, or any favorite topping.