Posts tagged Crockpot

Hearty chili for chilly nights

It’s getting to that time of year where the nights start to draw in a bit and it’s inevitably going to start getting chillier in the evenings, and what better way to counter a chill than with chili (see what I did there!). This chili is super easy to put together, as 95% of the cooking is done in your slow cooker making this the perfect prepare and forget meal.


All day Crockpot chili

To prepare, brown your mince until it forms a nice fond on your pan, you want some really good caramelization to add depth of flavor to your meat, once it’s cooked transfer to your slow cooker, then in fat from the mince cook off your chopped onion, adding your minced garlic right at the end so it doesn’t burn or get bitter.

From then on it’s just a case of chopping your chilis and peppers, and adding the remaining ingredients directly to crock pot and giving it a good stir to combine: there isn’t anything more to it than that, if you’re a compulsive like me you can stir it every hour, but assuming it’s stirred well to begin with you could honestly leave this for 6 hours untouched.

Now one thing I will say – it’s cooking in a crockpot, so it won’t thicken like it would if you were cooking it on the stove – I add the smallest amount of cornflour powder mixed with water just before I serve it to add a little bit more body just because that’s how I like it, you don’t have to: it’s all a matter of taste and mouth texture.

Serve it up over rice with nachos, guacamole, sour cream, hard cheese, spring onions and anything else you fancy, or dump it in the fridge to chill separate it into smaller portions and you’ve got one of the best toppings for a baked potato.

Serves 6 easily. Or freeze in batches for a meal for 2 or 4.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • Several dashes tabasco Sauce (to personal taste)
  • 2 cans dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 carton tomato pasata
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 peppers red and green
  • 4 chopped green chiles (you choose seeds in or out)
  • 1 cup beer 
  • 1 beef stock jelly
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 1 tspn drinking chocolate
  • ½ tspn black pepper

Photo Credit: Neil A. Evans © 2020
Photo Location: At Home, Bankside, London, England.

All day lazy curry

Recipes for curry can often be super involved – and that is great when you want to spend the day in the kitchen – but as much as that is appealing work and home life don’t always allow that, so this is the antidote to days when you want the melting warmth of a filling curry, but want to put your feet up with a good book instead; I give you my all day lazy crockpot butter chicken.


Crockpot Butter Chicken 

The prep work for this meal is a ten minute job, cut up the chicken into bite size pieces or drain the chickpeas if you’re making the veggie option, finely dice your small onion and add all the ingredients directly to the slow cooker pot except the cream and spinach, stir to combine and coat all the ingredients and then turn your crockpot on.

I cook mine stirring briefly every hour or so for six to eight hours on low, if you want to eat a little quicker you can cook on high for four hours; but I think the flavors are that bit more aromatic if you take the slow road.

In the last 30 minutes of cooking add your cream and spinach, stir thoroughly and serve with a bread and rice of your choosing: I’ve used pilau and basmati and both are good, and this goes really well with a fluffy naan or crunchy wedges of a baguette.

Serves 4. Or makes a great meal for 2 with guaranteed leftovers

Ingredients: 

  • 1lb chicken breasts or thighs or chickpeas if you’d prefer vegetarian
  • 1 small onion
  • 1½ Cups Coconut Milk
  • 3oz tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp ghee (or butter)
  • tbsp minced lazy garlic
  • ½ tbsp red curry paste
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste, you can leave this out if you like)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups spinach

Photo Credit: Neil A. Evans © 2019
Photo Location: At Home, Bankside, London, England.