Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Melanie's Chili (Freezer Meal)

Here's another fun freezer meal. This one is from Melanie in my freezer meal swap and it is a really nice traditional chili with just a little sweetness. I served it over baked potatoes with shredded cheese and everyone loved it.

Melanie's Chili

12 oz ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1, 14.5 oz can Italian stewed tomatoes
2, 15 oz cans pork and beans (pork removed, but do not drain)
1, 8 oz can tomato sauce
3 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon pepper

In a large saucepan cook ground beef, onion, bell pepper, and garlic until meat is browned and onion is tender. Drain fat. Stir in undrained tomatoes, beans, tomato sauce, chili powder, basil, and pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Freezer Meal Instuctions:
Cook as directed above. Cool to room temperature and freeze. Defrost and heat.

Crockpot Instuctions:
Cook meat, onions, etc. as directed above. Place cooked meat mixture and other ingredients in crockpot and cook on low 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.

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