Good on tacos, Mexican food, etc.
- 1 onion, peeled and halved
- 1.5 cups dry pinto beans, rinsed
- 1.5 cups dry black beans, rinsed
- ½ fresh jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped OR 1 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tbsp fresh minced garlic
- 1 ¾ tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1/8 tsp ground cumin
- 9 cups water or broth
- Place dry ingredients in slow cooker. Pour boiling water or broth on top.
- Cook on high for 8 hours.
- Strain beans and reserve liquid. Use immersion blender to mash beans, adding liquid as needed until it’s the consistency you want.
Adjusted for extra sauce
- 5 lb boneless beef chuck-eye roast, cut into 1 ½ inch cubes
- salt and pepper
- 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 4 medium onions, chopped fine
- 1 6 oz can tomato paste
- 3 cups chicken or beef broth
- 4 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 lb carrots, peeled and cut into 1 in pieces (1 ½ to 2 inches if cooking longer than 10 hours)
- 1 lb parsnips, peeled and cut into 1 in pieces (1 ½ to 2 inches if cooking longer than 10 hours)
- 1 lb red potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 in pieces (1 ½ to 2 inches if cooking longer than 10 hours)
- 1 ½ tsp thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 Tbsp Minute tapioca
- 2 cups frozen peas, set out to thaw
1. Dry beef with paper towels then season with salt and pepper. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in large skillet over med high heat until just smoking, add half of beef and brown on all sides about 8 min. Transfer to slow cooker and repeat with remaining beef.
2. Add 1 Tbsp oil, onions and ¼ tsp salt to the empty skillet and cook until golden brown about 6 min. Add tomato paste and cook stirring well for 2 minutes. Add broth and soy sauce, bring to simmer and transfer to slow cooker insert.
3. Toss carrots, parsnips, potatoes ½ tsp thyme and remaining 1 Tbsp oil in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Wrap vegetables in a foil packet that will fit in the slow cooker, folding over the seam to trap steam. Stir bay leaves and tapioca into slow cooker with the meat and onion mixture. Set the vegetable packet on top of beef.
4. Set the slow cooker to high and cover. Cook for 6-7 hours. (Or cook on low for 10-11 hours)
5. Transfer vegetable packet to a plate. Open and pour vegetables and juices into the stew. Add remaining 1 tsp thyme and peas. Let stand until the peas are heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Amazing chili that can be made in the crock pot. Cooks Illustrated suggests making the chili at least a day in advance, up to five days, as the flavor gets better with time. We made some adjustments as we don’t like a very meaty chili and I grew up eating chili with potatoes, so we added them.
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil
- 2 medium onions, chopped fine (about 2 cups)
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into ½-inch cubes
- 6 medium cloves garlic, minced or pressed through garlic press (about 2 tablespoons)
- ¼ cup chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, makes it spicy)
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, makes it spicy)
- 1 pound 85 percent lean ground beef
- 30 ounces of canned red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 28 ounces of canned diced tomatoes, with juice
- 28 ounces of canned tomato puree
- Table salt
- Red potatoes, peeled and diced (about 8 small)
- Heat oil in large heavy-bottomed stock pot over medium heat until shimmering but not smoking, 3 to 4 minutes. Add onions, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, coriander, pepper flakes, oregano, and cayenne; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened and beginning to brown, about 10 minutes.
- Increase heat to medium-high and add half the beef; cook, breaking up pieces with wooden spoon, until no longer pink and just beginning to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add remaining beef and cook, breaking up pieces with wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add beans, tomatoes, tomato puree, and ½ teaspoon salt; bring to boil.
- Transfer the mixture to a slow cooker. Cook the chili on the high setting for four hours.
- After 2 hours, add the diced potatoes, covering with sauce.
- Serve hot, though the flavor is best if left overnight.
Optional items for garnish: fresh lime wedges, sour cream, green onions.