In my opinion, the best way to make chili is low and slow. This dish takes a little planning ahead but it is well worth it! Although it does take quite a while to make, most of the time it is just simmering in the crock pot. Give it a try, I bet you will not go back to the fast way! I am starting this the night before to be ready for lunch the next day, but you could also start in the morning for dinner at night. This makes a big batch because I like to have extra to freeze in individual portions for future use. Feel free to reduce quantities.
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Low and Slow Chipotle Beef Chili:
- 2 Pounds of Ground Beef (mine was a little above at 2.18lbs)
- 2 (28 ounce) Cans Diced Tomatoes
- 1 (10 ounce) Can Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
- 2 Pieces Thick Cut Bacon
- 2 Onions
- 2 Red Bell Peppers
- 2 Celery Stalks
- 2 Cloves of Garlic
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil for Cooking
- 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Chipotle Powder
- 1 Tablespoon 21 Spice No Salt Seasoning
- 1 Teaspoon Cumin
- 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon White Pepper
Measure out spices. Set aside.
Dice all vegetables and garlic.
Add coconut oil to the pan with onions and garlic.
Cook onions and garlic at a medium heat until translucent.
Add peppers. Turn heat up to medium high and cook until excess water from peppers is reduced.
Stir to incorporate.
Put tomatoes into the crock pot on high heat. Add the peppers to the tomatoes.
Stir. Cook in crock pot on high with an open lid for 1 hour. After the hour, reduce heat to lowest setting (mine is keep warm) and leave overnight with lid on but slightly offset to allow to vent. (shown below).
Good Morning! I just got up and here is what it looks like. (below)
Take a pot or a pan (I am using my cast iron pot) and cook the bacon until crisp.
Add the ground beef to the pot with the bacon.
Brown the meat, when meat has browned use a slotted spoon to transfer meat to crock pot. Mix.
Continue to cook on low for 2 more hours. Serve hot.
These Cheddar and Green Onion Almond Flour Muffins go great with chili!
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