It is finally starting to feel like winter around here. We are constantly bundled in socks, slippers, sweats, and piles and piles of blankets, and we even have the heat on! Ha! We have been living in Texas so long our bodies aren't used to the cold. Sad day.
All this cold weather makes me want to cook WARM things. Though I would prefer to eat a nice hoagie sandwich every night, the family gets sick of it. Enter chili. I have never been a scratch chili maker, we always got the good stuff in the can, or jar and were satisfied with that. I have seen the error of my ways and have now been converted to the ease and yumminess that is crockpot chili. It's different every time, but always good.
I have a batch going right now that is:
1 pkg Jimmy Dean's breakfast sausage, browned well
1 lb. hamburger, browned well
2 cans chili beans, undrained
1 can black beans, drained
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 can tomato sauce
1 pkg of fajita seasonings...I didn't have a pkg of chili seasonings! Yikes! Smells good though, and I think the lime in the fajita stuff will add a little something special.
Throw it all in the crockpot and let simmer all day.
Best part about chili is you can serve it a million ways. We have eaten it over rice with cheese, over Frito's with cheese and sour cream, topped with cheese and a side of cornbread...the list goes on!
How do you like your chili? And do you have a favorite, easy recipe? Please share!