Saturday, November 21, 2020

Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Chili


Chili is still at the top of my list when the weather is cold and the chili recipe where a slow cooker fits for me is even better!




2 tablespoons olive oil

2 pounds 90/10 ground beef

1 white onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon cumin seeds

2 tablespoons mild chili powder

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup lager beer or beef stock

1 (4.5 ounce) can green chiles

2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed

2 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes

1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

Crispy Tortillas Strips (garnish):


8 small corn tortillas, sliced into strips

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

To garnish:


Sour cream

Grated cheese



Brown the beef: add the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When it's heated, add the ground beef and cook, dice the beef as it heats, until the beef is browned in spots for 7-8 minutes. Include the onions, garlic and spices and simmer for a few minutes to mix the flavours. At the very end of the browning process, add the beer or stock and use the liquid to remove some pieces of the skillet.


Transfer to the slow cooker: Add all ingredients to a slow cooker with green chilies, beans, diced tomatoes with tomato sauce. Cover the chili and cook on high for 4 hours, stirring regularly, or set to low for 8 hours.


Wrap up the chili: season the chili with salt and pepper to taste when cooked. Serve in large bowls garnished with cheese, sour cream, chives and tortilla strips. To make the corn strips crispy: preheat the oven to 375. Break tortillas into strips and arrange them on a baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and spices and blend with your palms. Spread the strips in an even layer and bake for 5-6 minutes. Then stir the strips to make sure they're cooking equally. Those on the edges are going to cook quicker. Bake for 4-5 minutes, then remove from the oven and cool. Tortilla strips will continue to get as crisp as they get cool.

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