Slight chance of rain!

3 meat Chili!

2 small cans of beans of your choice (I used red kidney beans) or 1 big can
6 slices bacon
3 sausages, I use mild Italian kind
1.5 pounds ground beef
2 cans of fire roasted tomatoes, 28 ounces total
3 cloves of garlic
1 tbs cumin
2 tbs unsweetened cocoa
1 tbs chili powder
1 tbs paprika (I used the smoked kind)
1 small can of tomato paste
Optional: 1 small can of spicy Mexican tomato sauce, I used El Pato

I use a Dutch oven.

Brown bacon and set aside
Brown sausage and beef in the bacon grease, drain and set aside
Add tomatoes and let simmer, add tomato paste and let the sauce come to a boil.
Add beef/sausage and bacon
Add half of the seasonings to the mixture, add the beans
Let simmer for around 20 minutes and taste! before adding more spices.
Finish off uncovered in the oven for 30 minutes.

I found Chiplote powder and it gave it a really nice kick without making it too spicy.

Reason #1000 why I love my slow cooker.

This is my“slow fast food” because you can make it ahead of time and will be done when you come home.
This is a recipe we took with us from the Netherlands.
It’s tasty, good for a cold day and very popular in this house.
The 14 year old with the hollow leg fights us over the onions, it’s that good.
No worries about the beer and kids, the alcohol burns off as soon as it gets heated making it safe to feed your kid.

Beer Brats and Onions

1 sausage per person
2 medium onions cut in slices
2-3 cloves garlic
1 can beer (I’ve used Guinness, gives it a sweet flavor)
3 tbs butter
1/2 tsp salt and pepper

sauté onions, garlic and sausage in butter until brown.
add can of beer and salt and pepper
transfer to crock pot
cook on low for 4-5 hours.
Serve with mashed potatoes.

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