I used a combination of ground pork and ground turkey, roughly 2 -2.5 pounds and tomato sauce for tomato puree. I also added in some tomato sauce that was left over from dinner the other night. I actually keep a small container of the Chili Seasoning pre-mixed which is handy for assembling this meal!
I browned the meat and combined everything in the slow cooker the night before and stored it, covered, in the fridge. When I woke up I popped the insert into the cooker and set it on low. Volia! Dinner is served!
Serve with my Quick Rise Bread or with tortilla chips!
Hearty Slow Cooker Chili
2 pounds ground beef (or pork or turkey or combination)
3/4 cup diced onion
3/4 cup diced celery
3/4 cup diced green bell pepper (optional)
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 (10.75 ounce) cans tomato puree (or sauce)
2 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
1-2 tablespoons Chili Seasoning
- Place the meat in a skillet over medium heat, and cook until evenly brown. Drain grease.
- In the slow cooker combine the meat, onion, celery, green bell pepper, garlic, tomato puree, and kidney beans.
- Add 1 tablespoon of chili seasoning, stir, cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
- After a while (when you get home from work?) taste it and see if you want it spicier, if so add more chili seasoning.