Sep 152015
 

We’ve hit cooler weather a few times over the last few weeks and chili is starting to sound good. I was looking for something a little different when I ran across a recipe for Slow Cooker Salsa Chili. I love salsa, so I thought salsa chili in the crock pot sounded like a wonderful idea. I added a few tweaks of my own and this is what I came up with.

Mild, with a little spice to it, this chili worked for everyone. Not everyone likes hot chili like I do.

Slow Cooker Salsa Chili
Serves 6
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Cook Time
8 hr
Cook Time
8 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound ground beef
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  5. 1 16 ounce jar salsa
  6. 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  7. 2 teaspoons dried cilantro
  8. 1 16 ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  9. shredded cheddar cheese, for garnish (optional)
  10. sliced green onions or chopped red onions, for garnish (optional)
  11. sour cream, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook ground beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until beef is cooked through. Drain.
  2. In 4 quart slow cooker, combine beef and remaining ingredients except beans and garnishes.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  4. Add beans and stir. Replace cover and cook 5 to 10 minutes longer or until beans are hot.
  5. Top with desired garnishes and serve.
Notes
  1. It's even better when you use homemade ingredients. You can replace the jar of salsa with 2 cups homemade salsa and the can of pinto beans with 2 cups homemade pinto beans, drained and rinsed.
  2. Tortilla chips, cottage cheese, guacamole, sliced black olives, green chiles and jalapenos make great garnishes. I tend switch it up and serve it a little different every time. Honestly, it depends on what I have on hand to what I garnish it with.
  3. Freeze Ahead:
  4. Cook the ground beef with onions and garlic and cool. Mix the rest of the ingredients except beans and garnishes and freeze in a Foodsaver or gallon bag. Make sure to get all the air out of the bag you can before freezing.
  5. When you’re ready to make the chili, thaw until the mixture fits in your slow cooker. I try to freeze it so that it fits right out of the bag in case I forget to take it out of the freezer the day before to thaw. If partially frozen, cook on high for 1 hour, then turn it to low for 7-9 additional hours. If completely thawed, cook for 8 to 10 hours on low.
  6. Don't forget the beans and garnishes!
Adapted from Betty Crocker
Adapted from Betty Crocker
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Feb 232015
 

I like making this recipe ahead and tossing it in the freezer for later. I even freeze the rolls if it’s going to be a short enough time before I make it.

Freezing instructions are at the end. I highly suggest a Foodsaver for freezing. It vacuums out the air and prevents frost and freezer burn.

Regular Ziplock freezer bags and a straw work well, too. I’ve had to use that method recently since my Foodsaver isn’t working correctly anymore.

Slow Cooker Italian Pork Sandwiches
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds ground pork
  2. 1 15-oz can tomato sauce
  3. 1 1/2 cup chopped onion
  4. 1 8-oz can pizza sauce
  5. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  7. 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  8. 1 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  10. 2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  11. 1 Tablespoon hot pepper sauce
  12. hard rolls
  13. 3 to 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Brown ground pork and drain well. Transfer to slow cooker.
  2. Stir in tomato sauce, onion, pizza sauce, garlic, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, fennel, Italian seasoning and hot pepper sauce.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  4. Fill hard rolls with pork mixture and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella.
Notes
  1. Freeze Ahead:
  2. You can have fresh Italian Pork Sandwiches anytime by freezing. Just cook the pork and cool. Mix the rest of the ingredients (not the rolls and cheese of course) and freeze in a Foodsaver or gallon bag. Make sure to get all the air out of the bag you can before freezing.
  3. When you’re ready to make Italian Pork Sandwiches, thaw until the mixture fits in your slow cooker. I try to freeze it so that it fits right out of the bag. Cook on high for 1 hour, then turn it to low for 7-9 additional hours. I forgot to cook it on high for an hour the last time I made it, but it was fine after 9 hours cooking it straight from frozen.
  4. Make sure to taste the mixture as soon as it’s hot. If the spices have dulled in the freezer, try adding a pinch or two of additional spices until it tastes like it should.
  5. And don’t forget the hard rolls and mozzarella cheese!
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