Easy Pantry Chili {Slow cooker & Freezer Meal}

With Mr E back to work (it really is a blessing he found work so quickly in this economy!), I feel my already busy hands not capable of carrying the whole load of housework, cooking, and raising children not glued to TV. I could get it all done if I ignored my children, but they come first.  I'm trying to simplify life, not let chores distract me from what's really important.

One of those ways is a crock pot supper like this.

I prepped the meat and mixed together all the ingredients the night before. In the morning, I dumped it all into the crockpot, set on low, and when supper time rolls around, all I have to do is dish it up!

Ingredients, well other than I almost forgot the corn!
1 1/2 lbs ground hamburger 90% lean
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 Tbsp chili powder  - use more if you like a kick, we are a spice-less prefering family
1 tsp powdered garlic
1 tsp McCormick Garlic & Bell Pepper (optional)
2 cans beans (I used 1 black bean & one kidney bean)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can crushed tomatoes (this is a bigger can.. sorry I don't remember how many ounces!)
1 bag of frozen corn

In a large skillet, add hamburger and onion. Cook on medium until hamburger is cooked through, and onions are soft and translucent. Add chili powder, garlic, and garlic/bell pepper mix, stir well.  Add in any other spices that your family enjoys in chili (cayenne, tabasco sauce, oregano, cumin, etc)

While the onions and hamburger cook, empty cans (do not drain!) & corn into large tupperware.

Let hamburger and onion mixture cool. Add to tupperare. Store in frigde overnight.
The picture to the right shows the hamburger all browned up, and the tender onions. See how translucent they are? Yum, I could eat the computer screen!

Morning of - dump into crock pot (4 quart or larger will do), and set on low. Dish up with a dollop of sour cream and shredded cheddar.

Serve with rolls, and fruit.

Freeze leftovers for a heat & eat meal! Want more freezer meals? Check out some recipes and reviews here.

T - our 3 year old - actually ate quite a bit. He's been in a very picky phase lately, so the fact that he took about 10 bites means a seal of approval.

I thought it was too bland, so I ended up sprinkling a couple more pinches of chili powder onto mine. It was just perfect. I wiped my bowl clean with the biscuits I served :)

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  1. Looks good---and easy. My kind of meal ;-). We're a less spicy family, too, so this should be great and I love that it freezes. Thanks.


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