Texas Chili in a Crock-Pot?

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  1. 2HBStrat

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    I know chili has been discussed here a lot, so please forgive me but I was wondering about cooking chili in a crock-pot:stir. I have a packet of the really good Texas Chili seasoning mix, and I was thinking about getting some good chuck stew meat, browning it in a skillet, and then putting it and the chili mix in a crock-pot to get really good and tender.......good idea or do you have a better idea?

    Thanks!
     
  2. keepingitweird

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    Sear the meat before adding. Throw a couple of diced hot peppers of your liking.
     
  3. habanaerosmith

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    That will work. You'll probably want to fry up some onions, garlic and peppers as well before you throw everything in.

    I cannot stress emphatically enough the benefits of buying whole dried chiles--like Poblano--roasting them in the oven for 15 minutes, seeding them and then grinding your own chili powder.
     
  4. derekd

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    You can't call chili made in a crockpot Texas Chili! :stir

    You are liable to have the Chili Police show up at your door. :hide

    I agree with habanaerosmith. Making your own chili powder is a great way to make yours stand out. I'm also a fan of chipotles in adobo sauce.
     
  5. traviswalk

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    Yes, you can make it in a crockpot, turns out pretty well.
     
  6. LHanson

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    Sounds like you have a pretty good plan there. Actual competition chili is made over only 3 to 4 hours, but eatin' chili is fine in a slow cooker.

    I'll add that the liquid you use could partly be a nice lightly hopped beer, and I usually throw in just a touch of cinnamon.
     
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    I always throw a in can or two of Rotel tomatoes.


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    try putting in a half cup or so of dark roast coffee. It adds a subtle smoky flavor but different than roasted peppers suck as chipotle.
     
  9. Dog Boy

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    Crock pot will work just fine. Roasting your own poblanos is easier than you think and adds a lot. A Serrano or two is killer also.
     
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    Don't leave it on too long. I left it on overnight once when making my steak chili & it turned to mush...tasty mush, but still mush. The chunks broke down to fibers. Marinate the meat & cooking a few hours is enough time.

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    There's really no difference between simmering something on the stove and cooking it in a crockpot. You can absolutely make chili this way.
     
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    I agree.

    Was just messing around upstream. I've got a couple of wonderful recipes, including a BBQ chili that calls for crockpot use.
     
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    I like this thread. If any of you have links to favorite chili recipes, I'd appreciate it!
     
  14. habanaerosmith

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    I don't really have a recipe, but here are the ingredients I typically use:

    Ground or cubed beef, or ground turkey or chicken thighs
    onions
    garlic
    red peppers
    jalapeno peppers
    beer
    canned tomatoes
    homemade poblano chili powder
    cumin
    coriander
    paprika
    cocoa powder
    salt
    pepper

    occasionally beans

    sour cream, shredded sharp cheddar, scallions, cilantro for garnish
     
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    I like it better made the traditional way. I guess it can be ok in the crock pot. I would brown the meat in the pan first, and it you are doing that...might has well make it over the stove top.
     
  16. jhc

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    Not if you're using smoked brisket as the meat.... :stir
     
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    I agree. Brown the meat, take it out and cook the onions and garlic in the meat juices, add the rest of the stuff, put it on low, cover it and simmer all day...
     
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    I'll just add this, if you all haven't, you really need to make pulled pork chili.
    Whenever I smoke a butt I always separate off a pound or two to make chili. It's fantastic.
    Damn I'm hungry now.
     
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    Dude, that sounds great!

    Got a recipe?
     
  20. Slaphappy

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    Why would you need to roast a dried chile pepper?

    :dunno
     

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