Fall is a really busy time around our farm in southwest Iowa. Like all the other farmers across the country we are trying to keep the combine moving across the fields, picking the corn and soybeans that we’ve cared for over the past six months. This year has been a trying year with bad storms early on, so its interesting to see what the yields are as we move from field to field.
Kevin (my husband) and I have two young boys that absolutely love riding in the combine and tractors. Our oldest has been going to Pre-School in the mornings and harvesting with his daddy in the afternoons. Today our almost two-year old rode for a while too! Can you tell by that big smile that he was loving it?
Now that the weather has been cooling off I have been using my slow cooker quite often. It’s so easy to put something in it over lunch and come home after work to have your supper cooked already. This is especially helpful when I have to get food ready to take to the field to Kevin and his helpers. Recently I made chili that was so easy and delicious and was a favorite among all the guys that were helping farm that day.
We just happened to have some leftover cinnamon rolls to go with them. Why does chili and cinnamon rolls go so well together? I don’t know, but they are the best!
This recipe is so easy, just brown the hamburger with the vegetables and then toss it all in a slow cooker and let it cook all afternoon. I was at work the whole time it was cooking and came home to my house smelling so good! Hope you enjoy this on a cool fall day!
Slow Cooker Harvest Chili
- 2 pounds hamburger browned
- 1 can kidney beans
- 3 cans chili style beans
- 3 cans diced tomatoes chili style
- 1 can tomato paste
- 8 oz. baby bella mushrooms chopped
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1/2 green pepper diced
- 5 heaping tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Start to brown the hamburger in a skillet.
- Add the diced onion, green pepper, and mushrooms about half way through.
- Cook until the hamburger is no longer pink and the veggies are soft.
- Place the meat mixture into a slow cooker and add the rest of the ingredients.
- Mix well and then let cook for about four hours on the low heat setting.
- Serve with a little cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions, etc.
- Pairs well with cinnamon rolls too!