Tasty Tuesday – Crockpot Chilli

Today’s Tasty Tuesday is a highlight of an old favourite of mine. It’s one of the first things I learnt to make on my own and it’s definitely one of my go to meals.So what is it?

Crockpot beef chilli!

Before I had a crockpot this was just regular beef chilli which would be made the same way but on the stove. It really doesn’t make too much of a difference because you’d still be slow cooking it on the stove but this frees up one of my burners and can just be tucked away in the corner.

Chilli is one of my old favourites when it comes to healthy eating because it’s easy and it’s packed full of protein. Now that I’ve been working out again and cutting a lot of carbs out of my diet I’ve found that I’ve really needed extra protein to keep me full and energized throughout the day. Chilli is one of those meals that really lasts for me; not only am I getting protein from the lean ground beef but I’m getting it from the beans as well.

While canned beans aren’t always the greatest because of the high amount of sugar used in the preservatives, they are a high protein / low carb food that I like to cook with. This journey is all about learning how to be healthier one step at a time so I have to make the occasional concession. Plus there are so many great health benefits to eating beans that I think this one probably balances itself out. Everything in moderation!

As I go along, you’ll probably notice a trend in my cooking endeavours, and that is that my meals usually don’t have that many ingredients. I like to keep things simple, especially because I generally cook multiple meals at once which means it’s convenient and budget savvy to cook things with not much to them. It also helps when multiple recipes call for the same ingredients. For example, I almost always have lean ground beef, taco/chilli seasoning, and bell peppers in my house because I use them in a lot of different things!

My chilli is made from 5 main ingredients*:

  1. Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce
  2. Red Kidney Beans
  3. Bell Peppers
  4. Packaged Chilli Seasoning (or Taco Seasoning if you’re run out like I did!)
  5. Lean Ground Beef

*In this version I also added cajun spice just to give it a bit of a kick since I substituted taco seasoning in for chilli seasoning. I’ve really got to remember to pick up chilli seasoning the next time I’m at the grocery store.

As I’ve said before, I’m a throw everything in and hope it works kind of cook so I can’t tell you how much ground beef I used but I threw it into a frying pan on medium heat, browned it up and let a few of the pieces get nice and crispy before I put it into the bottom of my small crockpot. Meanwhile, I chopped up the bell peppers, drained and rinsed the kidney beans, and opened up the baked beans (there are two cans pictured but I only ended up using one). Once everything was in the crockpot, I mixed it up, threw in the pack of taco seasoning and covered the top with the cajun seasoning before giving it one last mix.

I turned the crockpot onto low and let it cook for 4 hours, stirring occasionally. That’s it! So easy. This particular batch yielded 2 servings each for Matt and I.

You could easily replicate this recipe with additional ingredients (corn, celery, etc.) or even switch the ground beef out for ground turkey or chicken. It’s an easy recipe, not much to it, and it’s very little work which is exactly why I love it!

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