Easy Ground Beef Chili

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This time of year a hot bowl of chili goes great on a cold winter night. This chili recipe is simple and doesn’t take hours to prepare. I like chili on the thick side so this recipe fit what I like pretty well.

This recipe has quit a bit of heat but if you like your chili hot just add more chipotle chile in adobo sauce.

Easy Ground Beef Chili
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Recipe type: m
Serves: 4
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 can whole peeled tomatoes (28 ounces)
  • 2 cans kidney beans (16 ounce – drained and rinsed)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chile in adobo sauce (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 cups water
  1. Place onion in a food processor and process until finely chopped; set aside in a bowl.
  2. Place 1 can of kidney beans and the can of tomatoes in the food processor and process until mixture is smooth.
  3. Place oil in a Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the beef, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, and onion. Cook until burger is no longer pink inside and mixture has given up most of its liquid. Add the chili powder, chile in adobo sauce, coriander, garlic powder, cumin, ¾ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper and oregano; cook until fragrant.
  4. Mix in the water and tomato mixture and the other can of kidney beans stirring any dripping off the bottom of the pan. Bring mixture to a bowl, reduce heat to a high simmer, and continue cooking with the cover slightly off set to desired thickness. (for me 20 – 30 minutes was about right. The original recipe says 40 minutes)

Adapted from Cooks Country

Crock Pot Chili Recipe

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It amazes me how much the supermarket charges for Chili seasoning mix. Don’t pay the price, make your own for a fraction of the cost.
Cooler weather closed in on us here so the whole family was in the mood for chili. This recipe is on the mild side if you follow the directions. If you want to turn up the heat just add more cayenne pepper. This is a simple Crock Pot Chili recipe and makes a great supper on a cold day. Just store the extra seasoning for the next time you make Chili. Enjoy
Crock Pot Chili Recipe
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Recipe type: Slow Cooking
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4-6
  • Seasoning Mix
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2½ teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Ingredients for Chili
  • 1½ lbs ground beef
  • 1 medium onion- sliced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans
  • 2 Tablespoons seasoning mix- or to taste
  1. Mix together seasoning mix.
  2. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
  3. In a skillet, brown the ground beef and drain.
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  5. In Crock-Pot, add onion and 2 tablespoons of seasoning mix. add tomatoes, tomato sauce, and kidney beans.
  6. Stir together.
  7. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
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