I love using my crockpot during the cold, shivery months of the year.

I also love it during my kids’ basketball season. Turn it on and walk away. Come back ninety billion hours later, and we’re ready to sit down and eat!

I especially love homemade chili. It’s comforting, warm and feeds an army.

So let’s begin:

Your first step is to soak 4 cups dry beans for at least eight hours. Drain the beans and rinse when soaking time is completed.

Your first step is to soak 4 cups dry beans for at least ten hours. Drain the beans and rinse when soaking time is completed.

Next, place the soaked, drained beans in a 5 quart crock pot and add 1 box of Imagine brand creamy tomato soup.

Next, place the soaked, drained beans in a 5 quart crock pot and add 1 box of Imagine brand creamy tomato soup.

Add 2-4 cloves of garlic (depending on your preference).

Add 2-4 cloves of garlic (depending on your preference).

Chop up one green pepper and one medium onion (your choice) or 4 green onions. Add that to the pot.

Chop up one green pepper and one medium onion (your choice) or 4 green onions. Add that to the pot.

Next, brown 2 pounds of ground meat (I used 1 lb ground turkey and 1 lb ground beef). Drain and add to the mixture.

Next, brown 1 1/2 pounds of ground meat (I used 1 lb ground turkey and 1/2 lb ground beef). Be sure to salt the meat. Drain and add to the mixture.

And get yourself one of those handy dandy ground beef tools shown in the photo above. I bought mine from Pampered Chef. I. Love. It!!!!

Next, while the dog is giving you his "I haven't eaten for a month!" face, add 1 TB chili powder. Also, add 1-2 tsp of each:  cumin, turmeric, dried oregano, dried basil, salt and onion powder. If you like a little more kick, add some Tabasco to that pot.

Next, while the dog is giving you his “I haven’t eaten for a month!” face, add 1 TB chili powder. Also, add 1-2 tsp of each: cumin, turmeric, dried oregano, dried basil, salt and onion powder. If you like a little more kick, add some Tabasco to that pot.

Now, while your dog is attempting his 'cute face', give all that deliciousness a stir or two.

Now, while your dog is attempting his ‘cute face’, add enough water to cover the ingredients (about 4 cups) and give all that deliciousness a stir or two.

Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.

You can cook it on high for about 3-5 hours, but it won’t be QUITE as yummy.

Serve with shredded Daiya cheese, if desired.

Crockpot Chili: No gluten, dairy, egg, soy or other nasty critters

  • Soak 4 cups dry beans for at least ten hours. Drain and rinse. Transfer beans to a 5 quart crock pot.
  • Brown 1 1/2 lbs ground meat (I used 1 lb ground turkey and 1/2 lb ground beef). Salt the meat while it is browning and then drain. Add to the beans.
  • Add 1 box Imagine Creamy Tomato Soup to the beans mixture
  • Add 2-4 cloves of garlic (depending on your preference)
  • Chop up one green pepper and one medium onion (red, yellow, sweet: it’s your choice) or 4 green onions. Add that to the pot.
  • Add 1 TB chili powder. Also, add 1-2 tsp of each: cumin, turmeric, dried oregano, dried basil, salt and onion powder. If you like a little more kick, add some Tabasco to that pot.
  • Add enough water to cover the ingredients (about 4 cups) and give all that deliciousness a stir or two.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. 

    You can cook it on high for about 3-5 hours, but it won’t be QUITE as yummy.

  • Serve with shredded Daiya cheese, if desired.
  • If you MUST have tomatoes in your chili (my family would rather not), add a small can of diced tomatoes as well.

 

Happy Chilly Days!

 

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