It's Wednesday...it's a balmy -10º on the Hinterland temp guage, and we aren't even going to talk about the wind chill, because I'll cry.
Bugaboo and Mr. A wait all summer for it to get cool enough in the fall so I'll make chili again for dinner. A single pot used to last a minimum of two dinners, but with the boys getting older and finding the access port to their hollow legs, it now stretches to one family dinner and one Nonnie lunch. But this recipe is so easy, that I can throw a pot together even on the most chaotic mornings, and come home later that afternoon to a warm bubbly pot of comfort.
To make it even easier, when hamburger is on sale, I'll fry up five pounds or more, divide the browned hamburger and then freeze it in chili pot portions, so all I have to do is grab a bag out of the freezer on those chaotic mornings.
I got this recipe years ago during one of my wedding showers. All of the guests brought a recipe to help me build up a recipe box for my future family. I don't know who gave me this as I've since lost the original recipe card, but if I could remember, I'd kiss their feet.
So, how easy is the recipe you ask?
A Can of This and a Can of That Crock Pot Chili
1 1/2 lbs hamburger
1 1/4 ounces taco seasoning
2 (10 3/4 ounce) cans condensed tomato soup
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes with jalapenos
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans
1 (28 ounce) can baked beans
Spray crockpot liner with PAM or other cooking spray. Brown hamburger, drain, rinse to remove excess grease and place in crockpot. Sprinkle taco seasoning over the top of the hamburger. Add soup, tomatoes and beans, without draining liquid from tomatoes and beans; mix well. Cover and let simmer on low for 8-10 hours. Serve with cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips.
You can change up the taco seasoning from the mild variety to the hot variety and even use the hot variet chili beans to pump up the heat in this.
That's what works for us this Wednesday. If you're looking for more tips that might help you out, head on over to Rocks In My Dryer for other ideas. Hmmmm...maybe tomorrow would be a good day for chili.