Family Friendly Chili
Everyone and their sister’s neighbor have a chili recipe. I have more than a few myself. This one however is special for two reasons, first for how easy it is to make (I had this in the slow cooker and cooking in 14 minutes.) And secondly this is a great family friendly chili that’s not too hot, nice and thick with powerful flavors that’s sure to please the entire family.
I’ll be making this recipe in the slow cooker but this amazing family friendly chili can also be cooked on the stovetop if you’re in a hurry. Or, when camping, I cook this in a dutch oven and bake cornbread right ontop. Talk about good eating while in the boondocks!! Here’s a picture of the damage that 4 adults managed to do with dutch oven cornbread chili last fall at Pismo Beach. There’s still enough for a few more people! At the bottom I give directions for all three methods for making this yummy family friendly chili recipe.
Let’s Get Started
I start making this one by browning 2 pounds of lean hamburger meat along with 1/2 of a chopped onion.
As the meat is cooking I sprinkle with a generous amount of garlic salt and pepper.
Stir ofen and use the spatula to break the meat into smaller pieces
Until it’s evenly browned and looks like this.
Putting it all Together
Now using a slotted spatula or spoon I transfer the cooked meat and onions to the bottom of my slow cooker. You want to drain away as much of the grease and oil as you can.
Onto the meat I pour a can of tomato sauce
8 ounces of thick salsa
And a can each of light and dark red kidney beans. Be sure to drain the beans of any liquid before adding to the chili
Lastly I use a foil pack of McCormicks Chili Seasoning Mix and gently stir to combine all of the ingredients.
Allow to Slow Cook
Put the slow cooker on low and allow to cook for at least 4 hours. I’ve cooked it for as long as 10 hours while I was away and find that the longer it cooks the more flavorful it gets.
And that’s it, such a hearty thick chili that’s perfect for a rainy day, a party, even over chili dogs. Serve with toppings such as shredded cheese, diced onions, and sour cream. Or, go for the trifecta like I have here with all three.