When I wrote my first post in April 2015, I was pretty thrilled to be starting something new and seeing where it would go. Maybe meeting other bloggers on the way and getting to know a little bit about them and forming online blogships 🙂 Getting out of my zone and throwing some creativity into my routine of constantly following recipes. Learning new methods, cooking techniques and ingredients I would have never thought to use.
Now, a year into it, I marvel at the food blogs I come across and am subscribed to because of their style, content, photography, and how amazing some of them are. Perusing through these blogs, I sometimes ‘meh’ my blog and think of ways to make it fun and interesting. After all, there are avenues to take and resources to use in creating traffic, etc. I am slowly making an effort when I come out of my lazy cloud but at other times, I think that it’s fine to have an okay blog and be relaxed about it. Not to fret or get disappointed if it’s not popular in blogland. Right now, I am in between ‘I like it and I’m damn proud’ and ‘wow, am I pathetic or what’. There is so much I don’t know…
Let’s start with what I do know and that is to make chili. I am sure there are many, many chili recipes similar to the one I made but I claim this one. Its mine! I made so much that we ate this for days and didn’t mind because you know what, it was beer-y good.
If the butternut squash looks too intimidating and time consuming, you can always get it pre-cut. I like to torture myself 🙂 No, really, it’s not that much work.
SlOW COOKER BUTTERNUT SQUASH, SWEET POTATO AND BEEF CHILI
Author: Yours Truly
Ground beef or turkey or chicken (1 1/2 to 2 pounds)
1 butternut squash (peeled and chopped)
1 or 2 sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped)
Bunch of sweet peppers (chopped)
1 yellow onion (or any kind-chopped)
3 or more cloves of garlic (minced)
2 15.5 oz cans of beans (any kind-drained)
1 or 2 bottles of beer (any kind)
1 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp of cocoa
1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin powder (if you wish)
1 tbsp of WhoopAss (or a combination of any spices you like)
Salt and pepper to taste
Scallions, cilantro, cheese, fried onions, chips and sour cream for garnish
Wash and chop your vegetables. Peel and mince the garlic cloves. Drain the beans. Add oil to your slow cooker or pan (if your slow cooker does not have the saute option) Add the minced garlic to the oil and saute for a few minutes. Add peppers and onions and let cook for a few minutes more, stirring occasionally. Add the ground beef and cook, stirring until it turns color. Add the spices and salt and pepper. Mix well. Add the beans and stir. Add the squash and potatoes and mix well. Pour in the beer. Taste and add salt and/or spices if necessary. Cook on low for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Check after 3 hours to see if done. Grab a bowl, place a good amount of chili in it, garnish if you like and dig in!