Get Healthy With Chili Recipes For The Whole Family

Slow cookers aren't just for grandmothers. On a busy day, who doesn't love to come home in the evening to a hot already-prepared meal? Whether it's a succulent pot roast, savory tender chicken or a simple casserole, slow cookers create amazing aromas and even better meals - and many slow cooker recipes make enough food to feed your entire family (and then some).

Since making chili is a long process, I'll make up huge batches of a time, and freeze the extras in 1 pint freezer containers. A one pint container is about the size of a 15-1/2 ounce can of canned chili which is a convenient side for use in recipes.



Chiloso's Taco House. 701 East 20th. Awesome enchiladas and a heavy use of chilis make their Tex-Mex really stand out. Not to repeat myself, but try the fajitas (hey, this is a Tex-Mex review.) They have great pico de gallo, too. This is a lunch-only Houston, Texas restaurant, so stop in earlier rather than later. No website, either, but give a call if you need to at (713-868-2273).

The first San Antonio Chili Stand was in operation at the Chicago Worlds Fair in 1893. And it was that even that helped to spread chili and quick crockpot chili all over the United States and other parts of the world. In 1977 Chili Con Carne was named the official dish of Texas by the Texas Legislature.

The size of the crock pot depends on the size of your family. For a big family, a 4-6 quart pot is ideal. For just a couple of people, a one quart pot is best to prepare slow cooked chili recipes. Choose a cooker with multiple settings and other features like a timer, automatic shut-off, or a warmer. Such features prove to be quite helpful for people who remain outdoors for 8 to 10 hours. There are cookers that feature digital temperature reading or temperature gauge. It ensures that the pot maintains a safe temperature for cooking food. This cuts off the risk of illnesses related to over-cooking or under-cooking food.

Shellfish does not combine well with long cooking times, so if you want to add some to a stew or soup recipe, add it near the end of the cooking time so it can warm through. Shrimp can be added to crockpot chowders, soups or stews. You can either add them in their shells or de-shelled. Gumbo and jambalaya are slow cooker chili and you can add some tasty shrimp to these, whether you make them on the stove or slow cook them. Clams and mussels are good for making stews, especially when you use a tomato or white wine based sauce.

Combine the brown sugar, bourbon, and chili sauce in a bowl and mix well. Stir in the sausages. Spoon the sausage mixture into a baking dish. Bake at 350 for 1 hr. or until the sausages are cooked through. Cut into bite sized pieces. Serves 40.

When the chili con carne francais has finished cooking, simply stir and serve once it has cooled enough. Chili can also be served as leftovers, or if you prefer, you can freeze it and then reheat it when you want to have another chili meal. If you're looking for a simple meal that doesn't take a lot of time to cook and tastes great at the same time, try out slow cooker chili. You'll be amazed at how great it tastes and your family will love it too.