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Gameday Crockpot Chili

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Posted by Mariah | Posted in 21-Day-Adventure Cleanse, Soups | Posted on 20-09-2009

DSC02098I love football season for two reasons. 1. It makes my husband ridiculously happy. 2. This distracted happiness gives me plenty of time to make homemade chili. Nothing says a perfect end to a perfect fall day to me than a huge crock pot full of homemade chili. It’s our family’s favorite comfort food — and this version is ridiculously healthy and flavorful.

I used to make my chili with habenaros and jalapenos, but I’ve learned how to take it down several notches for the kiddies by using a roasted poblano pepper. This gives the chili a smoky, peppery flavor without all of the “heat” from the hot chiles. If you have a gas stove, it’s easy to roast your own pepper. Check out this article from Summer Tomato to learn how. Serve it up at halt-time with fresh salsa, sour cream, pepper jack cheese, jalapenos and lots of blue and red tortilla chips.

Ingredients:

2 tsp. olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 poblano pepper, roasted, seeded and then chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
2 ears of fresh sweet corn, or 1 14.5-oz. can of corn
1 small green pepper, diced
1 small red pepper, diced
1 can red kidney beans
2 cans black beans
2 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. cumin

If using canned tomatoes:
1 14.5-oz. can dicedĀ  tomatoes
1 28-oz. can tomato sauce

If using fresh tomatoes, use:
2 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped
2 quarts fresh tomatoes, peeled, cored and pureed
4 tbsp. fresh cilantro (garnish)

Roasted Poblano PepperDirections:

1. Roast pepper. (Follow these directions from Summer Tomato.)

2. Saute onions and peppers in oil on medium-high heat until clear, about five minutes.

3. Add garlic and saute for two minutes more or until fragrant.

If using canned tomatoes:

4. Combine sauteed ingredients and all remaining ingredients in crock pot. Cook on low heat for four hours or until desired thickness (I like my chili T-H-I-C-K).

If using fresh tomatoes:

4. Combine sauteed ingredients and all remaining ingredients in crock pot. Cook on high heat for four hours or until desired thickness (leave yourself an hour of cooking on low heat for a thicker consistency).

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