Hearty, Protein-Packed Crockpot Chili
This protein-packed chili is thick and hearty, spiced to perfection with fresh jalapenos. Dump everything in a crockpot, then come home to dinner ready.
After coming home from a long day of work the last thing you want to think about is cooking dinner. You probably contemplate eating out or just living off the Olive Pope diet-popcorn and wine. BUT then you remember you also have a family of 4 waiting for dinner, which makes eating out expensive.
Instead, why not throw everything into a pot in the morning, leave for 5 hours, then come home to a warm delicious pot of chili?
Now that I have you convinced, let’s get into the recipe.
The Protein-Rich Beans
Start by turning the heat on your crockpot to high. Then, open the kidney beans and black beans, drain and rinse them. Next, open the can of crushed tomatoes. Pour all three cans and the tomato sauce into the crockpot.
One of the many great things about this recipe is that it is cheap. Beans, canned goods, and vegetables are all budget-friendly ingredients that are high in protein and fiber. So, what I’m getting at is, if you are a student or are budget-conscious, or is someone who just really enjoys a good bowl of chili, you are in the right place.
After all your veggies (celery, mushrooms, and onion) have been cut up, go ahead and add them to the crockpot.
Now to spice, which will trasform this speghetti sauce to a gourment chili.
Stir in the:
- cumin, minced jalapeño, parsley, bay leaves, minced garlic, and chili powder.
Next, add the about 1/2 cup of water or just enought to fill your crockpot up. I used a 4-quart crockpot, so depending on your size you may need a little less.
Now for the fun part-doing nothing. Leave your chili to cook for 4-5 hours.
Crockpots are a cold weather kitchen essential. Although, sometimes you can be left will a lot of leftovers, and eating the same meal for a week isn’t ideal for anyone.
That being said, here are some ways you can get value out of any chili leftover you may have:
- Chili Dogs"
- Chili Cheese Fries"
- Chili Mac and Cheese"
- Chili Dip and Chips"
- …Or you can freeze some for the next time your craving chili"