One thing that I can tell you for sure, though, use the chipotle chili powder. It gives such a wonderful smoky flavor to the chili. As I have said before in other recipes, you can find chipotle chili powder in the spice section of your grocery store and it is made by McCormick. I have really become a fan of this product.
And one more thing. Yes, this chili recipe has beans. I like beans so I use them. Some chili purists use beef chunks only and certainly that style of chili has its place. However, I like chili made with beans because I get tired of chomping on all beef. That’s just the way it is with me…a little beef, some beans, a bit of tomato…and corn bread as a nice complement.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 large onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
- 2 (15 ounce) cans small red beans
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 1/2 cup water
- 1-2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoons beef soup base mix or 3 beef flavored bouillon cubes
- 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (you could substitute a pkg. of chipotle seasoned taco mix and use less chili powder)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
Put ground beef, onions, and garlic in frying pan. Sprinkle to taste with salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until meat is lightly brown and onion is translucent. You might need to add a little water to keep things from sticking to bottom of pan.
Toss the beef mixture and all of the remaining ingredients into your favorite crock-pot, set on low for about 5-8 hours, and merrily walk away. When you are ready, serve the chili topped with a little grated cheese and cornbread on the side.
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