As a follow up to the crockpot freezer meals in a bag post, I wanted to share one of the recipes I used but didn’t include in the original post. This one is from my friend Julie’s mother and is a big winner here in the Tilley household. We are connoisseurs of chili: Texas chili, white bean chili, vegetarian chili, Cincinnati chili and now sweet and spicy chili. I love how it has both meat and a variety of beans, and the flavor is fantastic.
Mrs. Sorge’s Sweet and Spicy Crockpot Chili
1 lb ground beef
1 cup chopped onions and green peppers (frozen mix or fresh chopped)
1 can kidney beans (drained & rinsed),
1 can white beans (drained & rinsed),
1 can black beans (drained & rinsed),
1 can (16 oz) tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes (including juice)
Salt and pepper across the top (approx 1/4 tsp each)
1/4 cup brown sugar
Chili powder to preference (3 tablespoons per large pot = average spiciness)
Dust the top with cinnamon
Brown the ground beef and drain off the grease. Place all in crockpot and cook on high for four hours or low for eight. If you are preparing this as a freezer meal, the ground beef can go in raw though you need to break up the chunks for it to cook appropriately. When I made this as a freezer meal, I broke up the meat through the plastic bag with my hands after I sealed it in the freezer bag and that helped cut down on how much you had to mess with it after pulling it from the freezer to cook. Yields 6-8 servings.