I've been trying to make more crock pot meals lately, since I usually have more time to prep food in the morning than I do in the evening, what with the crazy toddler wrangling I have to do later in the day. Seriously, what is WITH the period between 5 and 7 pm? It's just nuts. Anyway, the other day I just had a can of kidney beans, some stew meat that needed to be cooked up, and 6 tomatoes. I was skeptical about using stew meat and fresh tomatoes, but they broke down beautifully. This was one of the best chilis I've ever made. Add other ingredients if you like (fresh garlic, onions, peppers, corn, whatever).
1 lb stew beef
1 15 ounce can kidney beans
6 fresh large tomatoes
3 tsp of chili powder
Salt to taste
To prep the tomatoes, I cut them into quarters and gently massaged the seeds out, because I hate tomato seeds. Add the tomatoes, beef, beans and chili powder to the crock pot and cook over low for 8 hours. Taste before serving to determine if you'd like more chili powder or salt.
I served this in big bowls with cheddar grated on top, wedges of fresh avocado and a big spoonful of sour cream. Seriously yummy and easy.
Do you have any crock pot meals that you can share the recipe for?