3-Bean Chili (Crockpot Freezer version)
Adding your own spices is more healthier (no preservatives), and more economical than buying seasoning packets- and it allows you to adjust the recipe to suit your tastes!
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 Tbsp dried minced onion
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp chipotle seasoning
- 1 /2 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 can dark red kidney beans
- 1 can light red kidney beans
- 2 cans pinto beans
- 1 15-oz can tomato sauce
- 1 tsp garlic, minced
- 1 can diced tomatoes
Rinse and drain all beans in a colander.
Add beans and all other ingredients to a gallon ziplock freezer bag. Separate ground beef a little by squishing the sealed bag with your fingers. Make sure all the air is out of the bag before sealing; freeze.
Defrost bag in fridge overnight.
Dump contents of bag into crockpot / slow cooker and add enough water to cover the mixture plus about a 1/2 inch more.
Cook on low approximately 6-8 hours. *Cook times vary greatly according to slow cooker. Check frequently and add more water if necessary.
Spoon into bowls and top with shredded cheddar, sour cream and chopped green onions. Serve with cornbread.