Food

Chili , Slow Cooker or Dutch Oven

A cold night deserve a yummy , delicious and warm chili . There are so many version out there . I even made several different ones . When i am short on time and suddenly i want chili , i make the quick beef / turkey chili . When i do have time , the slow cooker chili is the way to go . Or i can use dutch oven and waiting for it to be cooked for the next couple hours , yes , i’ve done this too . I even put bacon in that dutch oven chili .

But this recipe i adapted from NYT , loads of spices , which i love ! I don’t exactly follow what the NYT says , but i do replace few things . I think this is easy enough if you’re home by noon , it can be ready by dinner time . Within 4-6 hours and your chili should be ready . If you decided to cook this in dutch oven , i’d probably would cook this on low for 2 hours at least for the spices to blend .

Ingredients :

  • 5 grams olive oil
  • 200 grams chopped onion
  • 1 large color bell pepper ( no green , any colors would do )
  • kosher salt as needed
  • 2 lbs of ground beef ( i found this more flavorful when you mix 1 lb of extra lean ground sirloin and 80/20 ground for the other lb )
  • 8 garlic cloves , minced
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika
  • about half a can of chipotle with adobo sauce
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • 14 oz fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp better than bouillon beef broth
  • 1 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 can kidney or black beans
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1/2 cup of water if you using slow cooker , 1 cup of water if using dutch oven
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • dash of worcestershire sauce

Directions :

  • In a large skillet , cook the onion and bell pepper until caramelized , about 10 minutes or so , add salt to taste .
  • Add garlic and the ground beef , cook until started to turn brown , add the tomato paste , cook for an extra minute or so until it’s slightly caramelized .
  • Add the spices in , mix well . Add the white wine , scrapping the bottom of the skillet until the wine evaporates .
  • Transfer the beef mixture into the slow cooker .
  • Into the slow cooker , add the diced tomatoes , all the beans ( rinsed and drained) , the cocoa powder , and brown sugar .
  • Add the water , stir well .
  • Cook on low for 4-6 hours .
  • If using stove top dutch oven , add 1 cup of water when adding water into the mixture . Bring to boil , turn to low heat , cover and cook on low for 30-40 minutes .

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