8 hour meals….(*apologies to Rachael Ray) 5 Bean Chili Edition

January 27, 2008 Kyron No Comments

As the parent of a special needs child I am frequently out and on the road at doctors appointments, IEP meetings and after school special activities. Rachael Ray may be the queen of the 30 minute meal – I’ve become the queen of the 8 hour meal! The crock pot is my hero! Icrockpot1 8 hour meals....(*apologies to Rachael Ray) 5 Bean Chili Edition throw a bunch of ingredients in the crockpot first thing in the morning, set the time I want it to cook (typically 8-10 hours) and off I go to only open it up in time to serve dinner to the hungry hordes. Weekly on Sundays I will share some of our family’s favorites.

From food.com – Sandra Lee

5 Bean Chili
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Yield: 8 servings


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef (we’ve also substituted ground turkey)
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 (15-ounce) can light red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can dark red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can butter beans, drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained
  • 2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans diced tomatoes with jalapenos
  • 2 (1 1/4 ounce) packets chili seasoning mix
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt and pepper

Suggested servings: cornbread, sour cream, cheese, chips, and fresh cilantro

In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground beef with the onions. Be sure to break up clumps as much as possible. Put the mixture in a slow cooker.

Add remaining ingredients and stir together. Cover and cook on high setting for 4 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours.

Ladle into bowls and serve with your favorite chili fixings.

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