Everyday Mom's Meals: A New Kind of Chili

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A New Kind of Chili

September, slow cookers and soups. Now, there is a group of things that go together like peas in a pod! Autumn is quickly approaching, and that means we are all going to be looking for more recipes to come home to after a long, probably chilly day, to warm us up while they fill us up. And my good friends at Red Gold couldn't agree with me more. "After coming home from work, picking up the kids, taking them to and from practice, and running your daily errands; there's nothing better than the aroma of a great tasting , warm meal waiting for you."  

Your slow cooker is a great way to make tasty dishes without having to be a slave to the stove. So, while you are away, a delicious, hearty meal can be waiting for you at home. And for me, there is nothing that tastes better on a chilly day than a big bowl of soup; and in this case chili. 

Chili...it's one of those things I save to make during the fall and winter months. I think everyone has that go-to family chili recipe that you rely on to be yummy and something the family will love. But why not switch it up a little? Put an unique twist on it? Well, thanks to Red Gold, I was able to do just that. 

This is not only a great weeknight meal that can be cooking while you are away, but it would also make a terrific dish for your next tailgating party! Chili and football are two more things that were just made for each other. Plus, this one has the added nutrition from sweet potatoes, one of our favorites. 

In the spirit of all things slow cooked, starting next Wednesday, September 17th and running through October 8th, Red Gold will be running their "Red Gold 2-a-day Crock-Pot Give-a-way!" Every day, two loyal Red Gold consumers will get a Red Bold branded Crock-Pot!! That's 44 slow cookers in over 3 weeks! During that period, they will also be sharing their new slow cooker recipes featuring Red Gold ® Tomatoes, including this one! 

To enter, be sure to drop by the Red Gold Facebook page starting Sept. 17th. 
Oh, and that same day, be sure to drop by EMM again for a fantastic giveaway from Red Gold too...more details to come!! 

Sausage and Sweet Potato Chili
1 lb. Italian sausage
1 TBS chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
3 c. beef broth
2 (15 oz.) cans or 1 (28 oz.) can Red Gold ® Crushed Tomatoes
1 (14.5 oz.) can Red Gold ® diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch cubes
1 c. shredded Mexican cheese blend or 1/2 c. crumbled cotija cheese

Spray a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker with nonstick spray. In a large skillet, brown sausage over medium heat for 8-10 minutes until cooked through. Drain excess fat. Add sausage and remaining ingredients, except cheese, to slow cooker. (Use tomatoes with juice.) Cover and cook on LOW 5-6 hours. Stir chili and top each serving with cheese. *NOTE* I added salt and pepper to taste. I also garnished with some chopped chives for a hint of onion flavor. 

Disclaimer: I received a gift pack in exchange for this review. Plus one to giveaway to a fan. All thoughts and opinions are my own.