Wednesday, January 27

Lesson #57 - A Hungry Man = An Angry Man

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Maybe he wasn't TOTALLY angry...but I could tell that the man was getting agitated at the lack of sustenance in his tummy. He wasn't at home - he was still at work - but that sound in his voice is unmistakable. Thankfully I had gone to the grocery store the evening before - after getting home from work and picking up the babe! I wasn't sure what would come of the beef chuck, spicy sausage and beans that I got - among other things - but was so happy to have it on hand. The man was whining because he was so into the kitchen I went to begin my creation.

I decided to pull out the crock pot and try my hand at making chili. Now, my mom makes an award-winning chili (seriously, people...its FABULOUS) and the man is a chili I was a little apprehensive about not following a recipe for something so monumental! Surprisingly, the chili came out amazing!! For those of you who want a great meal that can be started the night before and simmered the following day...I present:

Working Mommy's Extremely-Fabulously-Crock-Pot-Of-Chili-Filled-Yumminess

3 pounds of beef chuck
5 spicy sausages (or regular, if you don't want things too spicy)
2 8-ounce cans of cut tomatoes
1 6-ounce can of tomato paste
1 can of dark or light red kidney beans
Garlic Powder - to taste
Chili powder - to taste
Salt - to taste

Take a little extra virgin olive oil and brown the chuck first - to make sure it has plenty of flavor. As each batch browns (I couldn't do it all at once because the pan just wasn't big enough) just plop it into the crock pot. The crock pot I used for this chili was 6.5 quart model.

After browning the beef chuck, take the sausages and peel the casing off. You can do this by cutting each sausage in half and peeling back the casing. Brown the sausage in the same pan as the chuck - the flavors will come up from the bottom (YUM)! Like the chuck, each batch should go into the crock pot.

Once all the meat is browned, open the tomatoes and pour them on top of the meat. Then the tomato paste goes in and the beans should follow right behind.

Add in the garlic powder, salt and chili powder to taste. I use a Mexican chili powder - which is spicier than normal chili powder - because the man and I are gluttons for punishment :)

Then cook your chili for hours upon hours upon hours on low...or hours upon hours on high if you're super hungry. Mine cooked for 8 hours on low - but it really tasted better the next day because it had time to sit, I think. Feel free to top with cheese or sour cream if you'd like!

We couldn't have chili without some VERY tasty biscuits!!! Wait one second, though...I don't know of any biscuits that haven't come out of a can. I couldn't make a killer chili recipe and then dud biscuits...that just wouldn't do! Thank goodness The Dumb Mom came through with an absolutely wonderful - and easy - biscuit recipe!!!

3 cups flour
4 tsp. baking powder
about 1/4 cup sugar (use less if you don't like 'em sweet)
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/4 cup of Crisco (butter flavored tastes better)
1/2 cup butter (margarine sticks taste better)
3/4 cup of butter and omit the Crisco (Crisco really does make 'em better)

Stir all the dry stuff together and then cut in the butter and Crisco.  It'll be lumpy.  Then add milk and stir until all moistened.

Turn dough onto floured surface and knead about 5 times (don't knead the crap outta it or the biscuits will be all hockey-puckish).

Roll the dough out until they are about 3/4 inch thick.

Get out a wide mouthed drinking glass and cut them like you do with roll out cookies (more civilized people might use a cookie cutter or biscuit cutter, but I go with the glass myself and if I'm in a hurry I just tear 'em with my hands into small chunks.  They come out lumpy looking when you do that and I sorta like 'em that way). *The portion in italics is RIGHT for Dumb Mom's mouth...or fingers, since she did type this to me!

Place biscuits on an un-greased cookie sheet about an inch or two apart.

Cook in a 450 degree oven for around 10 minutes.  May take more, may take less.  Depends on your oven and where you have your rack placed and all that.



Vodka Logic said...

Sounds delicious, thanks. I have a smaller crock pot, I could just use less beef.

Anonymous said...

Nice homemade chili should keep him happy!

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

You whipped out home made biscuits on a work night? You are amazing. I never bake midweek.

Christina Lee said...

chili AND buscuits---ohh yum! Thanks for these recipes. I've never made chili in my crock pot --I should try it!

BigSis said...

Sounds yummy. I bet the hubs was a happy man!

Feeling Fit With Dana said...

I hope that your man was glad to come home to a wonderful meal! Sounds really good!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Yummo! To quote Rachel Ray-sounds so good-especially in this cold winter!

wines constantly said...

This sounds SO delish. And like a very good excuse to use my underworked crockpot. Thanks for sharing the recipes!

Andrea (ace1028) said...

Interesting recipe. I'm all about turkey chili and plan to try that in the CP soon!

Amanda said...

There is nothing like coming home to a crockpot of chili already made. Yum :)

Hair Bows & Guitar Picks said...

Looks yummy!

Jesslyn said...

tasty! I've never made biscuits with chili but now it sounds so good to me!


nothing beats the winter blahs like a steaming pot of chili. i make mine WITHOUT the beans, b/c i hate them, so my son calls it HAMBURGER SOUP

Morgan said...

I love that you posted this... I am a crock pot fanatic and I was just thinking two days ago I needed a good biscuit recipe because I was tired of buying them from the store. I will be making this in the next week! You are awesome!

Cop Mama said...

What a nice, hearty meal! We could use that right about now in our 10 degree temps! Thanks for the recipe, glad it turned out for you!

Ashley @ KiwisandCocktails said...

delish. I love my crock pot. And chili. I made a veggie chili in my crock pot every couple of weeks. I am not a vegetarian so I have no idea why I never make real chili! ha.
I will try yours! :)

Joshua said...

It must be the week of chili. I'm a vegetarian, but I made turkey chili for The Wife on Sunday.

happygal said...

Oooh, this sounds so good. I am always looking for new crock pot recipes so I will save this one for sure. Thanks!

Annie said...

YUM! sounds delicious!!
i love chili and i love sausage! never thought to combine the two. will have to attempt this soon.
thanks for sharing sweets :)

Erin said...

I made chili last week. I use ground turkey instead...and lots of beans to add some fiber (and cause more toots, LOL!). I use black beans and red beans in mine. We all love it! I'll have to try that Mexican chili powder next time, too!

Amy said...

Sounds great to me.. Yummy.. Thanks for your thoughts today on my blog..

Much More Than Mommy said...

Hope that made the man happy! Looks so good, almost wish I liked chili! :-D

Complicated Mama said...

I heart my crockpot and I heart chili too!! :)

Thanks for sharing your recipe ...will have to try it out now.

Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) said...

I've never thought of cooking chili in my crockpot. Nor have I ever thought of putting sausage in it. Maybe I should branch out a bit! Sounds yummy.

Mrs P said...

One of my goals is to learn how to crock pot cook and therefore have dinner waiting for my hubs when I pick him up when he comes home, so I will definitely be back to this entry checking these out in the near future!!

I'm glad to have you on as a follower, and I'll be checking you out as well!!! :-D

Tammy said...

yum...and I love using the crock pot...gonna try it soon!

Clare said...

yummmm, great cooking for not having a recipe!!

Frogs in my formula said...

Crock pots rock. They make dinner so much easier. Thanks for the recipe.

Anti-Supermom said...

I love a good recipe with only a few ingredients - totally something I *might* not mess up.

Betty said...

I bet chilli is great. What a recipe to die for!

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