Cold Weather Comfort Chili

Chili is the best cold weather and snowy weather food!  We had snow yesterday and last night I decided we’d have chili for supper tonight knowing it would clear off and be frigid this evening.

I wanted to share my recipe with all of you, my favorite readers!

Comfort Chili

I soaked 2 cups of pinto beans, 3/4 cup black beans, 1/4 red kidney beans, and 1/2 cup Anasazi beans.  This is a nice flavor combo and I knew if I didn’t use it all for chili tonight that I could freeze them and have fast access to a bean mix later.

I covered my beans in water and the water even came up over them about three inches.  By this morning, they had swelled up to the top of where the water level was last night.

I rinsed them through a colander and put them in my big crock pot on high all day with plenty of added water.  My beans are a couple years old depending on variety and can sometimes take longer to cook.  I knew they’d be done when I got home if I had them on high.

When I got home, I browned 1 lb of ground beef and drained the fat.  While it was raw in the pan I added Chili Powder, Celtic Sea Salt, Garlic Flakes, and Onion Powder.

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Once it was browned, I added 2 pints of home canned tomatoes then all of my slow cooked beans.  I hadn’t originally planned to, but I will freeze some Chili for later.

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I didn’t like how runny it was so I added 1.5 Tsp of Arrowroot Powder.  Then I let it simmer 1.5 hours on the stove top to blend the flavors.

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This is really yummy!  There are a few things I miss from my processed food days and Hormel Chili is one.  This comes pretty darn close!  We like to add some Cayenne Pepper to spice it up, but not everyone likes it that way.  Tomorrow night, we’ll use the left overs to make home made Chili Cheese Fries!  You just cannot beat home made (from scratch) comfort food! 😀

 

Comfort Chili

Soak 2-5 cups of beans overnight in purified water.  Cook all day in slow cooker.

Brown 1 lb ground beef.

Add:

2 heaping Tsp of Onion Powder

2 Tsp Garlic Flakes

3-4 Tbs Chili Powder

2-3 Tbs Celtic Sea Salt (this will varry based on bean quantity.)

1/2 Tsp Cayenne Powder (optional)

1.5 Tsp Arrowroot Powder (optional)

Drain off fat.
Add 1 quart of canned tomatoes or equivalent.

Add bean mixture to liking (you can freeze some beans or make a large pot of chili and freeze some of that)

Taste test and add seasonings as desired.

Let simmer 1-2 hours.

Serve hot by its self, with cheese or crackers or with cornbread.

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Enjoy! 🙂

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