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Today was a perfect day for chili.  The temperature dropped to the 40’s and it was windy, just enough to give you a chill, but not enough to keep you inside all day.  I really didn’t want to hang around the kitchen so I pulled out the crock pot. Chili tastes better the longer it cooks and this one is so flavorful.  It only takes about 15 to 20 minutes to prep – and once it is in the crock pot you can go about your day. This recipe makes a lot-  enough for at least 3 meals for a family of 4. Feel free to 1/2 it, but it also freezes very well.  I served it with mini corn bread cheddar and green onion muffins.


  • 3lb Chopped Meat (ground beef, or turkey) I used 90% lean ground beef this time
  • Chili-seasoning Mix:
    • 2 tablespoons of chili powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • Stop Light
    • 1/2 Yellow Bell Pepper Chopped
    • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper Chopped
    • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper Chopped
    • 1/2 Orange Bell Pepper Chopped
    • 1/2 Small jalepeno pepper chopped (seeds removed)
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion Chopped
  • 4 Gloves Garlic Chopped
  • Olive oil
  • 3 Bean
    • 1 Can (15 oz) Dark Red Kidney Beans (rinsed and drained)
    • 1 Can (15 oz) Black Beans (rinsed and drained)
    • 1 Can (15 oz) Cannelli Beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup chopped green squash
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh corn
  • Ale
    • 1 bottle of your favorite dark beer

How to:

  • Brown the meat on the stove in a large pain over medium heat.
  • While the meat is browning, make the chili seasoning mix by combining all of the dry spices into a small bowl. You can use a store bought mix, but I shy away from them since many have MSG and other additives.
  • When the meat is browned, drain the excess oil and add the chili seasoning to meat, mix well and cook for another minute.
  • Transfer meat to the crock pot.
  • Using the same pan from the meat saute the peppers, onions, and garlic in olive oil for a bout 5 minutes until they just start to get soft.
  • Add peppers, onions and garlic mix to the crock pot and stir.
  • Add all of the beans, the squash, and the corn and mix well to insure all the ingredients are combined well.
  • Add 1 bottle of your favorite dark beer and mix.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or more…. The longer the better!
  • Serve in a bowl and garnish with cheddar cheese, light sour cream and green onions!