Sorry about the delay in postings, I got a bit sick this week and unfortunately, that suppressed my appetite. But finally, I am feeling better and it is time for a seasonal favorite: chili.
I know, I know, I don't make an authentic chili because I use beans and ground beef. But chili with with ground beef and beans is certainly a classic dish and very easy for to prepare in a crockpot. And it turns out great in a slow cooker, because the flavors have so much time to meld.
For the most part, this was a fairly typical batch by many people's standards: ground beef, tomatoes, onions, beans, some chili powder, ground cumin. But my wife loves the idea of cocoa and cinnamon, so I added some of that. The wonderful Saigon cinnamon from Costco adds another type of warmth to the dish and certainly broadens the flavor profile.
My wife commented to me how good the chili was and you know, she was right. This was also easy to make since there is very little prep time involved. It is also a reasonably priced meal. Now that winter is here in Soutwest Michigan, a nice bowl of chili with a slightly exotic but wonderful flavor is just the right thing to warm both your body and soul.