So it was Fall here, for like a week. Of course, that means it’s time to bust out the slow-cooker and make some awesome soups and chilis. To start, my all-time favorite Slow-Cooker Chili recipe. To be fair I originally found this from Betty Crocker, but I wasn’t satisfied until I made it my own. I think that Chili recipes are like Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes, everyone has their own and their favorite. In my case I have more than one, but this one gets made the most in our household.
My favorite way to make it is with steak, but Crys isn’t a fan of steak and prefers it with ground beef (see both recipes below). This started out for me very close to the original recipe, but I had to amp it up. I added more beans, a little more heat via some Jalapenos, and a little more flavor via the seasonings and flavored diced tomatoes and sauce. For the sake of the photos here, we’ll be using the ground beef recipe, but it’s very similar to the steak.
For the steak, you start by layering it on the bottom. Then, or if you’re doing ground beef, add the veggies, beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, then the seasonings. I’m not entirely sure if it matters but I like to hold off on stirring this combination for about an hour. The whole combo cooks for about 6 hours. If you’re going the ground beef route, at about the five-hour mark brown it in a skillet, drain the grease and add it to the chili for the last hour of cooking.
When it’s all done and ready to go you can top it with your favorite Garnishes. Crys likes to add shredded cheddar cheese. The kiddo likes it plain. I like cheese, cilantro, and fresh white onion. We all love to eat it with saltines, using the chili almost like a dip.
Whatever your Garnish choice, I hope you enjoy this. Let us know what you think by tagging us @garnishinglife or using the hashtag #garnishinglife