Welcome to Friday everyone!
It's been our first full week of school with all three girls and I'm ready for the weekend! I was expecting to have a lot more 'personal time' but so far all I've been doing is spending a lot of time at school - school uniform shop, canteen and other than that, at home a lot of washing and cleaning up! Oh and a bit of cooking... not as much as I'd like. Hubby's also been home with a bad back so I haven't been alone at all!
Enough of my whinging! Yesterday whilst I was road testing some of the KleenexMums January recipe comp entries, I decided to make myself a 'stash or two. Make up meals are ones I can make ahead with little fuss and stash for later.
My Olivia's favourite meal is chilli con carne - and we normally make it on the stove - but hey! Someone lovely on twitter suggested I make chilli in the slow cooker and I was like 'YES!!!'. (Thanks Lily!) So I just adjusted my stovetop recipe and voila!! It's yummy and I have two stash meals now!
750g beef mince
1 large onion, grated or finely chopped (I did mine with the food processor!)
2 large carrots, grated or finely chopped
2 zucchinis, grated of finely chopped
800g dicedPublish Post tomatoes
2 tb tomato paste
400g tin red kidney beans, drained
400g tin refried beans
1 tb tobasco sauce
1 tb plain flour
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
In your slow cooker add your raw mince, onion, carrot and zucchini
Add tomatoes, kidney beans, tomato paste and 1 1/2 cups water and tobasco
Mix the flour, cumin, paprika, chili and sugar in a cup/small container, top up with water until you can mix it into a paste and then add to the slow cooker.
Give it a good big mix and turn it up to high...
If you like it sloppy for chilli con carne over rice - cook for 5 hours.
Keep cooking for another hour or two if you like it a bit thicker for tacos or fajitas!
Store in airtight containers in portions (I do two, but you may like more!) and freeze for up to 2 months.
So, all in all - not a 'fast' recipe for it is fast to defrost and reheat and you can just pick up some corn chips on the way home and grate some cheese over the top and serve with diced tomato and shredded lettuce! That IS fast!
Have a great weekend all - see you Sunday for Sunday baking project! xx
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