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The Cook's Corner

Welcome to my kitchen! It's rainy and windy here in my part of
North Carolina today. Just perfect weather to put something hearty and delicious in the crockpot and let it simmer all day.
My mother-in-law, Ann, is a WONDERFUL cook!!!!
I was so fortunate many years back when she assembled ALL of her
personal recipes and favorites and entrusted them to me in a family cookbook.
Today I want to share a SIMPLE SUPPER.
With her permission, here is her recipe for quick and easy
I like to use my crockpot for this recipe but if you are in a hurry
you can prepare this recipe in a Dutch Oven on the stove top.
I will give instructions for both.
Let's take a look at the recipe and ingredients:
Makes 8 Servings
1/2 cup Green pepper, chopped
2 medium Onions, about 1 cup, chopped
1 stalk Celery, about 1/2 cup, chopped
1 1/2 pounds, Lean Ground Beef
1 teaspoon Fresh Garlic, finely chopped or minced
3 cans Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies, undrained
2 cans Kidney Beans, 15-oz., undrained
2 tablespoons Chili Powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoon dried Oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons ground Cumin
1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
1 teaspoon Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground Cayenne Pepper

Step 1. Cook green pepper, onions, celery, garlic and ground beef
in a Dutch Oven or skillet over medium heat,
stirring occasionally, until meat is browned. About 10-12 minutes.
Drain off fat.
At this point I transfer the beef mixture to my crockpot.
If you are using the stove top method
you will leave the mixture in your Dutch Oven.
Step 2. Next, add in all remaining ingredients. For your crockpot, mix well
and cook on high for 5 hours or cook on low for 8 hours.
For the stove top method, continue
cooking until the mixture comes to a full boil. About 5-8 minutes. Reduce
heat to low and simmer until flavors are well blended, about 40 minutes.
I really like to cook this chili for the full 8 hours in my crockpot.
It just releases all the flavor in the spices and vegetables and makes
for a very tasty and satisfying meal.

I usually serve steaming hot bowls of Chili with
Creamy Peanut Butter sandwiches (that's a hit with the boys) or thick slices of
warm 12-Grain Bread. Of course Iced Tea completes
my simple supper.

I hope you enjoy this quick and easy recipe. It's nice to put
supper in the crockpot after the kids leave for school and not have to think
about it all day. My friend Marsha does not eat red meat, so I have made
this with Ground Turkey and it turns out equally delicious.
I have also used this recipe and omitted the Ground Meat for
a fully vegetarian dish.
Tomorrow I hope to post a new feature called
"From Junk to Gems".
I found an adorable Cherub on the trash heap that just needed to be rescued.
Come back to see the transformation.
Until then,
Happy Cooking!


Linda Charlene said...

Hey sister…we are blessed to have “Betty Crocker” as a mom! You should post mamas secret sauce meatloaf one day…I guess it wouldn’t be much of a secret anymore if you did. I love and miss ya sister!!!

Hey check out lindacharlene.blogspot.com

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

Yep - its dreery here too. I'm in Jacksonville - where are you located? Maybe you already told me, if so sorry. We are on the same track, I was home cleaning today and put on a pot of homemade Beefy Veggie Soup. I'm gonna make Texas Toast 3-cheese grilled cheese sammies to go with it. I saved your chili recipe. Thanks!
BTW, you have the bestest collection of roosters. :-)

Melanie said...

Hey Friend,
I had chili tonight, too. But it was from Wendys. I made it to Frisco. Praying the whole time I drove...over 100 mph winds blowing through the mountain passes. God is good. He is my friend.
I am so excited to see all of your new projects on this blog! I am using the hospital laptop so I'll be checking in while here.
Love ya,

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Alisa
Yummy recipe. I love crock pot recipes and this looks like one I am definately going to make one of these cold snow days! Thank you for sharing.
I'm so glad I found your blog..while I wandered around blogland.
come by and visit when you have some time.
I will have to try peanut butter sandwiches with chili. That sounds very different and very yum.
have a nice evening.

Sarah said...

It is so nice to meet you! I wish I was a Carolina Girl--I live vicariously through Carolina Mama. We go to Sunset Beach every few years for vacation so there is Carolina blood running through my veins.

Your comment was so sweet; thanks for the vote!

The recipe looks yummy and your kitchen and home is beautiful!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

We love chili too! Make it a lot in the winter months. Your kitchen is beautiful.


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