This time of year we love a hearty dinner. Something warm and comforting after a day of full on rain or snow. This Snake Bite Chili recipe is a perfect middle of the week dinner! But mind you, like my friend Lori says, “Chili isn’t a last minute meal”. It truly is an all day or 2 day deal. (its always better the second day as any Chili afficanado will tell you!) Cooking this in the crockpot insures you don’t have to ‘watch and stir’ or risk burning, but you can cook this in a large soup pot on the stove.
For Christmas this year, I got a deep freezer. Complete with bow. I love it, its what I asked for and now keeping a freezer larder is even easier. This recipe makes a huge pot and unless you’re a family of 10 or more, you’ll have plenty to store back for another meal. It freezes beautifully! And its versatile. Make it mild or hot or somewhere in-between The choice is yours (no mixes or packets involved here!) Serve this bowl of deliciousness with a slice of cornbread or some crispy tortilla chips and you’ve got a hearty meal that your family will love!
Grab a print and give this one a try! Let me know how you like YOUR chili!
- 1 pound dried mixed beans (pinto, red, black (use your favs)) rinsed and picked over, and soaked.
- ⅛ tsp baking soda
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 lean ground beef rough ground
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves or 1 tsp dried
- 2 cans chopped tomatoes (diced canned are fine; don't bother to drain)
- 1 can Rotel
- 1 or 2 fresh or dried hot chilies, seeded and minced (wear gloves)(optional)
- 1 bottle amber beer
- Drain soaked beans and rinse again
- Add 6 cups water and ⅛ tsp baking soda to beans in large crock-pot.
- Cook on high 4 hours or until soft.
- Meanwhile brown ground beef in olive oil and drain well.
- To the meat now add onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin and oregano leaves.
- Add meat mixture to cooked beans (don't drain off the water from the beans).
- Stir in tomatoes and Rotel.
- Add Dried Chiles and stir well.
- Pour in beer and stir again well. (all the alcohol cooks out so its family friendly)
- Reduce heat on crock pot to low and allow to cook until beans are at desired softness and mixture has thickened slightly.
- Sprinkle on Cinnamon and stir well.
- Garnish with your favorite cheddar, sourcream, guacamole or crispy tortilla strips.
**The baking soda is a neat trick I learned to take the 'gas' out of the beans. Makes them easy to digest.