Boy am I ever glad it is Friday! This has been a long, hectic week and I couldn’t be happier that the weekend is almost here. For the first time in over 2 weeks, it looks as though Mother Nature might actually be on our side this weekend allowing us nice weather to work on the yard. Our back yard needs MEGA work and we’ve had to just stare at the mess for weeks now.
Today I come to you with a tried and true, tasty chili recipe that I recommend you cook in your crock pot. I like to make some form of chili once every few weeks so that we can keep up a freezer stock of individual meals for lunches. Cooking this in the crock pot is just icing on the cake because really, who wants to have to slave over the stove after a long late day at the office. Chris and I had an appointment with our lawyer the other day to amend our wills and such (I figured it was time I included him 😉 ) so having this chili all ready when we got home was just perfect. Combining 2 different meats in this batch, made for an extra tasty comforting feast!
Chicken & Pork Chili
What You Need:
- 1 lb extra lean ground pork
- 1 lb extra lean ground chicken
- 1 can crushed tomatoes
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can sodium free kidney beans
- 1 can mushrooms (pieces & stems)
- 1 can tomato paste
- 1 pack fresh mushrooms
- 2 zucchini; diced
- salt & pepper
- 1-2 tsp onion powder
- 1-2 tsp garlic powder
- 1-2 Tbsp chili powder
- 1-2 Tbsp cumin
- 1 tsp cayenne (if you like the heat, if not – omit)
- Greek yogurt (for garnish)
- chopped green onion (for garnish)
What You Do:
– First step – brown your meats together. If the plan is to throw this in the crock pot before work, I highly recommend browning your meat the night or 2 before and then just toss it in the fridge to save time.
– ready to make the chili? gather up your ingredients
– this one’s tough now. Toss all of your ingredients into the crock pot. It doesn’t matter what order as you’re going to stir it all up anyway.
– use your own judgement with your spices. That’s the fun of cooking. Experiment! 😉
– set your crock pot to 8 hours on low and go to work!
– when you get home, you should get a nice big batch of delicious chili waiting for you (note: this photo was snapped after I already dished up our servings for supper). Dish it up and garnish with your favourite toppings! We like Greek yogurt (instead of sour cream) and green onion!
Depending on how hungry you are and how much you like to eat, it’s safe to say that this big batch will make anywhere between 7-8 servings. Both Chris and I ate this for supper the other night and we packed away an additional 5 servings for future meals. The beauty? I estimated that this batch of chili cost us approximately $12 to make. Even with only 7 servings, that makes it a whopping $1.71 per serving!! Just to make that sound even better, that’s only $3.42 for dinner for 2!!!! Can’t beat that!