This is a nice basic ground beef/beans/tomato chili recipe (and yes, I know
that whole concept makes chili purists shudder <g>) that's also Weight
Watchers friendly, which means it fits a whole bunch of people - from those
new to slowcookers/cooking who are looking for easy but adaptable recipes
likely to appeal to a broad range of tastes to those on many of the various
diets out there. Our listowner Maria posted it a couple years back and it's
become one of my 'comfort food' absolute staples. It's pretty mild as
chilis go, so I tend to tweak it a bit to spice it up and such, but that's
one of the best parts of it - you CAN easily tweak it, because it's so
basic and starts with a good balance of things. Just got back from a trip
to the store with the ingredients to make it and satisfy a craving so I
thought I'd repost it for those who might have missed it in the past. Also
can be found as a past recipe of the month contest winner at
or in the archives at
Classic Beef Chili
Recipe by: Weight magazine
1 pound lean ground beef (10% or less fat)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 T chili powder
1 t ground cumin
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans, rinsed & drained
1 sweet onion, chopped
1/4 cup canned diced chiles
2 T tomato paste
Cook ground beef & garlic in skillet until browned, drain off fat. Add
chili powder & cumin, stir to coat the beef.
Mix the tomatoes, beans, onions, chiles and tomato paste in a slow cooker.
Stir in the beef mixture.
Cover and cook on high until the flavors are blended, 4-5 hours.
Per serving (based upon 8 servings): 170 calories, 5 g fat (2 g sat fat, 0
trans fat), 32 mg chol, 331 mg sod, 16g carb, 5 g fiber, 17 g protein, 59
Points per serving: 3
No, you don't have to brown the meat, but I really don't like the texture
of hamburger you don't brown first in this sort of thing.
I always add some dried red peppers and/or dried red pepper flakes and hot
sauce to kick up the heat a bit and have added a variety of different other
things that struck my fancy at the time for extra flavor, like a splash of
worcestershire sauce or half a bottle of hard cider or the remains of jar
of salsa or...
I usually double this when I make it and like to add one can of kidney
beans and one of some other kind, usually black beans
I like it served with a major splash of hot sauce and for extra special a
dab of sour cream or yoghurt and/or the sour cream/yoghurt and a bit of
chopped up avocado (yeah, I know, but it's good)