As soon as the chili weather hits, the first thing I think about is all the wonderful, hot dishes that I hated to make or eat during the hot, summer months. And then, out of nowhere, my head is filled with sounds of my favorite words, “mom, when can you make some chili?” Yes, chili… That means it’s cold outside, the beginning of the season of the “crockpot” and best of all that means it’s time for a family dinner. I know it won’t be today, but I’ll be ready when the kids get back from school or come in to town for a visit. I’ll be ready for my son’s friends stopping by for a hearty meal.
So, because I just love to share, I’m going to give you my favorite cold weather recipe that will surely leave smiles behind! Now remember, when I make chili, I think it’s better to make a giant batch and freeze half instead of having to make two batches. And to make things really easy, I use cans for this recipe, unlike most others where fresh is best. This is for my daughter, Samantha, who is probably my biggest chili fan!
Sam’s Veggie Chili
2 Cans Pinto Beans (15.5 ounce)
2 Cans White Beans ((15.5 ounce)
2 Cans Kidney Beans (15.5 ounce)
2 Cans Black Beans (15.5 ounce)
2 Cans sliced, White Potatoes
2 Cans Corn
2 Cans Sliced Carrots
2 Cans Crushed Tomatoes
1 6 oz. Can Tomatoes Paste
1 large, diced onion
4 Bay Leaves
5 Cloves Chopped Garlic
2 Tablespoons Salt
¾ Tablespoon Garlic Salt
¾ Tablespoon Onion Powder
¼ Tablespoon Paprika
½ Teaspoon Rosemary
½ Teaspoon Thyme
½ Teaspoon Parsley
½ Tablespoon Oregano
2 Tablespoons ground black pepper
¼ Cup Chili Powder
½ Tablespoon Cumin
P.S. THE BEST PART, Serve over a bed of steamed white or brown rice (remember, 2 carbs = a protein)
P.S.S. THE SECOND BEST PART… (per Max, my other favorite Chili guy) serve with homemade garlic toast!
This is where is gets really tricky (r u ready!)
- Turn on your crock-pot!
- Rinse and drain beans thoroughly
- Rinse and drain all vegetables
- Add beans
- Add tomatoes and tomato paste and gently mix
- Add all veggies and gently mix
- Add spices and gently mix
- Cook for 5 hours on medium, stirring occasionally (remember, it’s a crockpot)
- Get hungry
- Call in family, friends and ENJOY!