Zero Alarm Chili

Whether you're dealing with small children, suffer from heartburn, or are just a mild-mannered Midwesterner like myself, sometimes you want a flavorful chili recipe without spicy peppers. This is the recipe we use on the farm, and it's always well received. If someone in your family does prefer it hotter, you can always add hot sauce to the bowl as you dish up.

Prep time: 30 minutes without children, 1.5 hours with children

Cooking time: 2-8 hours

Servings: 6-10 depending on how much hay you moved that day


2 pounds ground beef, thawed

1 small white onion, chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped (Jim says the red and orange ones are better for heartburn than the green)

2+ cloves of garlic, minced

6-8 cans of beans- I use a mix of kidney beans, red beans, black beans, whatever. Unseasoned.

2 cans of Manwich Sauce. I use one bold and one chunky, but you do you.

2 cans of corn


Drain beans and corn, place in bottom of 6 quart Crockpot. Brown and crumble beef, adding onion, garlic, and bell pepper and cooking until slightly soft. Drain if desired to remove excess fat.

Add beef mixture to cooker on top of beans, then pour the Manwich over the top. Set cooker for 2+ hours on high or 6+ hours on low. This can also be cooked on the stove top, but the longer it cooks the better the flavor will be. Serve with cheese, crackers, and cold beer. If you have small children in the house plan on adding prep time for feeding the baby, retrieving the can opener from the toddler, and convincing the toddler that they don't actually need to sit inside the refrigerator.

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