Friday, January 14, 2011

Master man chili
The snow and wind have been pounding us in the North Carolina mountains.  Next to snowshoes and winter running apparel, the one thing that pops into my mind is crock pots and slow cooking chili...yum yum yum on the stomach when the temps drop near zero.

My recipe is so simple it's almost embarrassing:

1) Purchase some McCormick chili mix (2 packs) from the store...I was reaching for the low sodium stuff but then grabbed Tex-Mex; I like it, but it won't like me.

2) Two 14.5 oz. cans of beans.  Be creative.  Sometimes I go black beans, other times pintos.  This time I went with two cans of chili beans in hot sauce. Here come the flames.

3) One 28 oz. can of tomatoes...again be creative and you can set the texture of your chili with diced, whole or smashed tomatoes.

4)  One bag Boca Burger or Morningstar fake beef crumbles.  Good stuff and good for you.  It's fake, so no need to brown...just dump it in.  This stuff is so close to beef that friends have tasted my chili and accused me of going off my vegetarian diet.

Mix it all together in a crock pot and set on low for at least 8 hours.  Let the flavors and juices get to know each other.  Serve hot, sometimes I like to sync it up with fresh hot wheat bread - just right for dipping.

Life can be simple, the food can be good, and the outcome is healthy.  Enjoy.


  1. sounds great. I would be good with using some ground turkey too.

  2. Both ways sound great. Thanks!