Sometimes when I start out with a recipe, I have no idea where I’m going. I have a basic idea in mind….but usually my basic idea falls to the wayside. I was going with a traditional chili when I started, but then I decided to switch it up a bit and add some more color – then Calico Chili was born…..and I added the name Texas on it because I used stew beef instead of ground beef. Stew beef is bigger. Everything is bigger in Texas. Can you see my reasoning here?
In the bottom of a greased crock pot, put 1 ½ pounds stew beef. I had to pick the fat off of mine. The last place we got our beef processed was pretty lazy. They just threw the fat pieces down into the meat pack before they shrink wrapped it. Some of the pieces down in there were more than half fat and very little beef. Therefore, we will not be going back there for meat processing. Treat me right, you’ve got my business. Treat me shabby – I’m going somewhere else. Amen.
You’ll also need 1 ½ cups black beans and 1 ½ cups white beans, already cooked. These are from my freezer because I do batch cooking with beans in the crock pot. When I need beans for a recipe, I just make a huge batch and freeze the rest. They’re nice to have on hand whenever I need them. You’ll also need about ½ cup chopped onion. And just wondering…..am I the only one who still sings the Bean Song? They’re good for your heart, ya know.
Let’s just get something out of the way – I know canned tomatoes aren’t the best for me because of the lining in the can. Let’s also get something else out of the way – I’m saving for a house and our budget is a little tight right now….I cannot afford tomatoes canned in glass jars (we’ve had a bad two years in the tomato field). So, the responsible thing for me to do is buy the tomatoes I can afford instead of going into debt for what everyone else says I should be eating. In this recipe you’ll use two cans of diced tomatoes, one can of tomato paste mixed with water to make 1 cup, and a can of diced chilies.
Throw everything together in the crock pot along with some onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, and chili powder. Give it a good stir. Don’t you just love things that can be stirred in the pot so nothing else gets dirty? Can I get an Amen?!
We’re going to cook this bad boy on low for 8-10 hours. Why so long? Because that’s what makes stew beef so nice and tender….it’s meant to be stewed for long periods of time to break down the connective tissue. And this beef will melt in your mouth. *Slobber*
I cooked mine about 9 hours and then left it on warm for the last hour….and I got THIS. Hello beautiful. Served alongside of a piece of skillet cornbread, you’ll have a happy family. And a happy tummy. You can quote me on that.
Crock Pot Texas Calico Chili
- 1 ½ pounds stew beef
- ½ cup onion, chopped
- 2 cans (14.5 ounce) diced tomatoes
- 6 ounce can tomato paste mixed with water to make 1 cup
- 1 can (4.5 ounce) chopped green chilies
- 1 ½ cups cooked black beans
- 1 ½ cups cooked white beans (navy or great northern)
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- Combine all ingredients in 4-5 quart crock pot. Stir well.
- Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Serve with cornbread.