I don’t recall exactly which year it was but when I was asked by my wife and kids in early autumn what I wanted for Christmas, I didn’t hesitate.
“I want a Crock Pot big enough to put in a roast or chicken or whatever, something big,” I said. Not a bow, or camo, or a gun or fishing lures or other stuff I already have or buy myself. Just a big Crock Pot.”
Santa brought a Crock Pot. We use the heck out of it in autumn after it gets chilly and then through winter. My wife cooks pork tenderloin roasts in it throughout the year. We’ve had great meals, burned stuff so badly I thought I’d have to chisel it off, and it keeps on being a reliable tool in the kitchen.
So when I ran across The Magical Slow Cooker site it was a bit of a treat. Scads of recipes for slow cookers, which many of us hunters have in our kitchens and deer camp. It’s easy to toss in the ingredients at night before going to bed or in the morning, turn it on and then have supper ready hours later.
Crock Pot cooking gets a bad rap sometimes because of the propensity of some to put in meat, a few cans of Cream of Something and put on the lid. Blech patooie yucko. Cream of Something has its place in some recipes, but I’m not a fan. I know some folks like it, though, so to each his own.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours, 15 minutes
Yield: serves about 6
- 1 pound ground venison
- onion powder
- 1 cup white onion, diced
- 1 jalapeño, minced
- 1 Anaheim pepper, diced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
- 1 Mccormick Chili Seasoning Packet
- (1) 14 ounce can beef broth
- (1) 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes with jalapeños
- (1) 15 ounce can black beans (drained)
- (1) 15 ounce can kidney beans (drained)
- (1) 6 ounce can tomato paste
- In a non-stick skillet set to medium heat brown the venison, while the meat is cooking season it with a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and onion powder.
- Add the meat to the slow cooker.
- Add all the rest of the ingredients.
- Set the slow cooker to low for 8 hours.
- Ladle the chili in bowls, and top with cheese, and green onions, serve with cornbread.
Slow Cooker size: 5 quart or larger
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