Crock Pot Italian Chili

Homecoming week It’s homecoming week friends here in Estes Park, Colorado. Isn’t my girl adorbs? GO BOBCATS! She’s going to kill me for posting this photo of her on my blog. But I can’t help it, she’s so stinking cute. Busy fall nights have made all of the work I did a few weeks ago prepping 15 frozen crock pot meals sooooo worth it. I’m becoming the diva of the slow cooker!

Yesterday I fixed the crock pot Italian Chili and it was a hit with the hubs. I asked some Facebook friends if they wanted the recipe and 30 or so of you said yes. So here it is:

Crock Pot Italian Chili

Crock Pot Italian Chili 1 pound cooked ground beef (I fry up 6-8 pounds of ground beef at a time and freeze them in quart bags. I usually just thaw out the meat and use it as needed)

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1 cup carrots, chopped

1 can of diced tomatoes (Italian style would be great to try)

1 can kidney beans, rinsed

1 can white beans, rinsed

½ cup of celery, chopped

4 cups beef broth

1 15 oz can of tomato sauce

2 teaspoon oregano

1 chopped garlic clove

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

1 tablespoon of Cholula Hot Sauce

1/2 cup a small dry pasta (I used a small shell, but small macaroni or rigatoni shells would work. Put them in the last 20 minutes.)

Directions for the freezer:

Mix all ingredients except pasta into freezer bags. Label and freeze.  Be sure to thaw the night before in the fridge and put it into the crock pot first thing in the morning or at lunch time. If you don’t freeze the meal then just dump it all into the crock pot. You’re good to go!

If you did freeze it, when you put it in the pot, be sure to add a little beef broth or water. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4crockpot. This makes a large amount so you should have enough for 2 meals. Serve with garlic bread and salad. You can also sprinkle some parmesan or mozzarella cheese on top.

Yummy. If you try it and you love it would you do a favor and Pin this recipe on Pinterest or share it on Facebook? Thanks friends!

Do you have any ideas of what else to add to to this dish? If so, then be sure to put it in the comments section for others to see.

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