Recently, I asked what kinds of recipes people were interested in for their everyday lives. What I got back was:
I think I found the perfect recipe to fit ALL of these needs! It’s requirements are minimal – one crock-pot, one can-opener, one spoon. Check out the recipe and health stats below.
- 1 can plain tomatoes (diced or crushed)
- 1 can Chili – ready tomatoes (diced or crushed)
- 1 can tomato sauce (8 oz)
- 1 can Ranch-Style Beans
- 1 can Black Beans
- 1 can Kidney Beans
- Chili powder or 1 packet of Chili seasonings
This recipe is a one-pot, crock-pot sensation. Open all cans. Drain Black and Kidney Beans (and rinse, if desired). Add all ingredients to crock-pot. If using Chili Powder, instead of a chili seasoning packet, start by sprinkling chili powder over the top of the mixture. You can always add more chili powder later. Stir.
Here’s the beauty of this recipe — you can set it and forget it for however long you need! If dinner is in less than 2 hours, set it on high for 4 hours; if dinner is in 3-4 hours, set it on high for 6 hours. If you’re making this in the morning, set it on low. Everything in the pot is pre-cooked, so the slow cooking of the crock-pot is just so all the flavors combine!
This easily makes 5-6 regular size servings. I used Great Value brand for everything except the Ranch-Style beans, and the total cost was only $6 – $7.
Bonus: This freezes amazingly well! Freeze your left-overs or make a double batch for next week!
Nutrition (based on 6 servings, and my ingredients):
- Calories: 255
- Fat: 2.5 g
- Carbs: 46 g
- Protein: 14.5 g
Variations and Tips
- Play with the ingredients! Use your favorite beans! Chick-peas (garbanzo beans) are a great addition or substitute. Add dry lentils for a nutrition boost or meat to bulk up the meal.
- Adding onions or other veggies? Chop them into bite size (or smaller) pieces and soften them on the stove first. Onions especially won’t soften the same way in a crock-pot that they on the stove.
- Need meat? Go for it! Ground sausage, turkey, and beef all taste great in tomato-based chili. Just remember to pre-cook your meat before adding it to your crock-pot.
- Using dried lentils? Add just the beans, lentils, and seasonings to the crock-pot. Set to cook on low for 8 – 10 hours. Then, add your tomato sauce and tomatoes and heat for 5 – 10 minutes (until the chili is heated through). Lentils just won’t soften right in tomato products.
- Feel free to take out a can of tomatoes and to add a can of sauce!
Check out my other Chili recipes: