Sunday, November 9, 2008

Everything but the Kitchen Sink Chili

...formerly Lawson Famous Chili...
This is a recipe I created by just throwing everything that sounded good into the crockpot. It can be daunting looking at the ingredients list but obviously all the different ingredients are optional. Pick and choose, use only what you have or throw everything in there!

This recipe makes a LOT of chili! I recommend freezing half of it in ziploc freezer bags - keeps for up to 3 months.

INGREDIENTS
1 pound ground beef or turkey
1 pound spicy Italian sausage
2 15-ounce cans chili beans, drained
1 28-ounce can BBQ baked beans
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained (try garlic or oregano/basil!)
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1/2 to 1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 to 5 cloves garlic, minced
2 cubes beef bouillon
1 can/bottle dark beer
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee (I just use what's leftover in the coffeepot from the morning)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 teaspoon paprika

DIRECTIONS
Brown meat and sausage together; drain. In a large stockpot or slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cook 2 to 4 hours.

Garnish with:
Sharp cheddar cheese
Sour cream
Fritos

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