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American Woman Reunion: Crockpot Chili Cook-Off!

Well hello everyone! It's been a while!

Life gets busy and hands get full, so American Woman got shelved for a little bit. Until one day when we were looking through our own recipe blog for ideas, and started reminiscing on how much fun we had cooking with you guys. We'd been talking about sharing a chili recipe for a while, and with the perfect cooler Autumn weather, it seemed like just the right time to to bring you back in the kitchen with us.

We had a lot of fun catching up on fun stories and good laughs, got a little hyper sipping on Lisa's super-effective Weight Loss Coffee, and started raving about our favorite skincare secret. But in the midst of all that, we managed to make some delicious chili and cornbread.

Of course we pulled out our crockpot for this one. You know us...if it's quick, easy, cheap, delicious, fairly healthy, and can feed a small army, we are all over it. The crockpot may be the only part of life where you can put in minimal effort or expense and get champion results. This chili recipe is embarrassingly easy but tastes like a made-from-scratch, blue ribbon cook-off winner.

We should warn you if you're from Texas, you may not like this recipe. We've had a lot of feedback from our Texas viewers that apparently putting beans in chili is blasphemy. We can't fathom what even is chili without beans? Just meat?! That sounds terrible. Ah, good old regional differences.

As always, a recipe this easy is begging for your personal touch, so feel free to tweak it to your style. (Even if it's beanless, you beautiful weirdos.) We found extra little ways to make our dish healthier by opting for turkey instead of beef, and premium quality bone broth instead of beer or flavored broth. We also paired it with a protein-packed cornbread mix, following the simple baking directions on the box. We wanted a bold, robust flavor with some kick so we seasoned accordingly. We also love some extra heartiness and color so we used three different bean types. Anyway, customization options here are endless.

Try it out and tell us what you think!

Watch the video Tutorial Here:


2lb Ground Meat (we chose turkey)

1/2 Large yellow onion, chopped

3 Cloves garlic, minced (5 or 6 if you're like us)

1 15oz can diced tomato with green chili

1 15oz can diced tomato with habanero

1 15 oz can diced tomato with chipotle

(You can just use 3 cans diced tomato and a separate can of green chili if you can't find these other variations)

3 8oz cans tomato sauce (or 1 large jar of Grandma's canned tomatoes if we're lucky)

1 15oz can Dark Red kidney beans, drained

1 15oz can Light Red kidney beans, drained

1 15oz can Great northern beans, drained

1 cup Bone broth

2 tb Chili powder

3 tsp Cumin

2 tsp Paprika

2 tsp Coriander

Salt and Pepper to taste

Saute onions and garlic in saucepan with 1Tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat until fragrant. Stir in ground meat and cook until brown. Add to crockpot. Add all ingredients into the crockpot and stir. Set to Low Heat for 6 hours or High heat for 3. Stir occasionally. Garnish with your favorite chili toppings and enjoy!


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