Feeling Freaky in the Fall

Comfort food, it’s a staple once the leaves start changing color and sweatshirts become a necessity.  Soups, stews, and roasts with all the fixings become crave able cool weather foods.  Nothing smells better than a big pot of soup cooking in the crockpot all day, when walking in the door from a long slog at work.

We are no exception to the norm.

Today it is cold and rainy where we live.  A roaring fire is getting ready to be ignited in our fireplace and an intense game of Jenga is going to be won by me (hopefully)!

We work too much, like most people, so I created this homemade crockpot chili to make it easy for everyone.


You just need to throw all the ingredients together in the crockpot that morning and by the time you get home from work that evening, you have a delicious healthy meal.  Add some crackers, bread, Gary, or anything else to satisfy your need for comfort food this fall.


2 Onions chopped

1 C Peppers diced

6 Cloves Garlic minced

1 12 oz. pkg Soy Crumbles

3 T Chili Powder

1 T Paprika

2 T Cumin

1 t Turmeric

2 T Parsley (dried or fresh chopped)

2 t Garlic Salt

Fresh Ground Black Pepper

3 Cans of Beans

1 15 oz. Can Diced Tomatoes

2 15 oz. Cans Crushed Tomatoes

1 29 oz. Can Tomato Sauce

2 29 oz. Cans Water

This recipe is so easy.  Use whatever kind of peppers to your liking.  We used a combination from our garden or jalapeno, green pepper, chili peppers, and habaneros. We like hot and we are always thoughtful to use what we have on hand.


Most of the time, we like to use fresh or dried beans that have been soaking overnight as they are definitely more bang for your buck and not canned.  Today, I didn’t have time for that.   We used one can of black beans, one can of garbanzo beans drained (saved the juice in the refrigerator to use for bread making tomorrow) and one can of kidney beans.


Once you have all the ingredients in the crockpot, give it a stir or two.  Put the lid on.  Turn to low and forget about it until 8 to 10 hours later.


This recipe turned out so well, the Captain had quite a few bowls, as did I!  For the few bowls leftover the next day, we topped with Gary, more onions, and more jalapenos.


We hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do!


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