If you simply don’t like putting in the effort or time to cook food, it may be a good idea to start getting friendly with your slow cooker.
I use my slow cooker 2-3 times per month for a variety of foods ranging roast beef, to stews, to soups, etc. It saves me a lot of time and allows me to prepare healthy food in advance.
You can make pretty much anything in a slow cooker if you try hard enough. But one of my favorite things to prepare with the slow cooker is chili. I like it because the dish is very versatile and easily modifiable. You can eat as a stand alone meal or accompany it with a side of rice, or vegetables, or both.
It’s super easy to prepare, and it can be prepared in under 10 minutes. After you’ve got all the prep work done, you simply leave it the slow cooker and can expect to have a delicious meal ready by dinner time – or you can leave it to cook overnight and have your food ready in the morning when you wake up.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
**You can swap certain ingredients out for fresher variations if you’d like but that will generally require more prep work.**
- 1/2 of a Spanish Onion (chopped)
- 2 cloves of Garlic finely (chopped)
- 2 tsp of Olive Oil
- 1kg of ground beef or ground chicken
- 3 tbsp of Chili Powder
- 2 tsp of Oregano
- 1 small can of Tomato Paste
- 1 cup of Corn (frozen or fresh)
- 1 can of Black Beans (drained and rinsed)
- 1 can of Lima Beans (drained and rinsed)
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
- Heat olive oil in pan and sautee the onion and garlic.
- Brown the beef or chicken in the pan, add spices (chili powder and oregano)
- Place the remaining ingredients inside the slow cooker.
- Add the meat into the slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients and mix them together.
- At this point you add water, broth, or stewed tomatoes, to cover the contents of the slow cooker.
- Place the lid on on the slow cooker, set to low heat and leave it alone for 3-5 hours. Feel free to stir it periodically.
AND THEN DEVOUR!
You can change and modify this recipe as much as you want – it’s really just a base. You can play with the spices, the types of meat, types of legumes, you can add vegetables, whatever you want. I typically like to add tumeric into my dishes as I really love the taste. I’ve even added Kimchi before just for the hell of it.
Now this recipe will leave you with a significant amount of food, so if you live alone be prepared for left overs. If you’re not into eating the same meal over and over you can always freeze the left overs and save them for a later date. 😉