We are still struggling with the super cold weather here in Utah. We have had more snow this year then last combined. I have a lot of oak trees in my yard, and this last fall the acorns were excessively abundant and I mean there were what seemed to be thousands of acorns on the trees. We have to pick them up because they fall on my lawn and then little sprouts grow. Let’s say this year I was ready to get the chain saw out and chop them all down! I controlled myself but I think I did an awful amount of complaining during the fall as I had to gather the acorns. Where are the squirrels when you need them? Anyways, the old wives tale is that when you have that many acorns it means a heavy winter. This year proved it to be right! The point being however, I am constantly making recipes that will warm me up. This Black Bean Chili was perfect this weekend.
I love black beans. I think they are one of my favorite. This chili is easy to throw together, and perfect to let simmer in your crock pot for the day. I made this in the morning, put it in my crock pot and then went and tackled my errands for the day in the freezing cold. I was glad to come home to something warm and delicious to eat for dinner. Yum!
- 4 cans black beans (not drained)
- 2 lbs. ground beef cooked and drained of grease.
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 large can 28 oz.) diced tomatoes
- 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
- 1½ Tablespoon chili powder
- 1½ Tablespoon ground cumin
- 1½ Tablespoon sugar
- 1 can corn (drained)
- 1 bunch of cilantro, chopped (approx. ¾ cup)
- Tortilla strips for garnish
- In a skillet, brown the hamburger and onion together and drain grease.
- Place all ingredients int the crock pot and cook on low for 5-6 hours.
- Serve with tortilla strips, cheese, or sour cream.