C-Pot Deer Chili

11 January 2016

A month or so ago, I went home for lunch and started thinking about what to make for dinner. I went through the fridge, cabinets, even the freezer to find something. Nothing. I couldn't come up with anything, we were totally out of food. And it was a Tuesday... I just can't make myself go to the grocery store on Tuesday. 

You know usually when you want to find something, you start searching again trying to convince yourself that you have SOMETHING?! So I looked again and paused on the deer meat in the freezer. I started thinking, I guess I could lay it out and by the time it thaws I'll have a plan. But usually thawing stuff doesn't work for me. 

I thought, crock-pot... what can you do for me? Enter the idea of chili. We usually make turkey chili... like on the reg during the fall and winter. You can refer to THIS POST for my recipe. Shockingly, my husband loves this chili and requests it. It makes so much and we can eat on it for a few meals. So I threw together the deer chili with things we had around the house, based on what I could remember from the recipe. It was good. I don't remember being blown away but figured it was super easy, I didn't have to go to the store and Brian complimented it. Score. 

So Sunday night while I was cooking dinner I figured I would put together a crock-pot meal for Monday (today). Again, the simplicity of deer chili came to mind. This time I think I perfected it. It was soooo good tonight. Like SO GOOD. Brian told me 10 times... that's a big deal! The flavor was great... try it! You could use ground turkey or beef-- or deer meat! 

Crockpot Deer Chili

1 package deer meat, can be frozen
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
1 can rotel tomatoes 
1 can black beans (Add later) 
3 TBSP chili powder
1 TSP dried oregano
1 TSP dried basil 
1 TBSP sugar
A few splashes of hot sauce
1/2 diced onion
1/2 diced bell pepper 
1 cup chicken stock (your preference) 
1.5 TSP garlic salt
A few pinches of sea salt 

I am so bad at measuring things.. I usually just throw a little here, a little there. So some of these are open to interpretation/personal preference. 

Throw all of the above ingredients in the crock-pot and cook on low, for really however long you want. I add the beans about 15 minutes before serving. I can't remember the reason behind this but my favorite chef, Vivian Howard, told me this via her show A CHEFS LIFE

Serve with cheese and fritos. It's really good. I think the game changer in this chili is the fire roasted tomatoes. I get mine from Kroger for like 69 cents a can. I use them in SO many recipes. They are so good. I even use them to make salsa. I can't find a picture because I think they just changed the packaging. 

Good luck! Try this easy meal!!

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