If you are like my family and friends, the sun has started to come out and we have been standing around the grill since we have seen 55 degrees outside. That means steaks, chicken wings, corn on the cob, you name it. It also means we have been making some really good cheese burgers. What that also means is lots of left over burgers and don't get me wrong a left over burger is pretty good, but in true hot mess style, we opted to try out something a little different and make our leftover burgers into chili. Some of you may even have some burgers left over from the long holiday weekend, so why not try out this simple recipe? It was a cold and rainy weekend for us, but we managed to get out and do some grilling. And we are converting our left overs into Cheeseburger Chili which is an easy and healthy meal option.
I know.. you are asking.. Healthy? Chili? Really? My answer is ABSOLUTELY! It is packed with tomatoes that are packed with all sort of vitamins and minerals, beans that are packed with fiber and protein, and when we add celery, onion, and garlic and some V-8 juice, this is pretty much a no-brainer for health. Don't forget the beer we add too. There is definitely some vitamins packed into that!
Oh, and you are smarter than your crock pot. I promise! Don't let a little machine intimidate you. If you are reading this you have already figured out a much more complex machine.. the computer, so make friends with your crock pot and I have a feeling it might become one of your best friends.
2 cups low sodium V-8 juice
1 (12 ounce) bottle of good Pale Ale beer (you can take a sip if you like!)
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon oregano
Combine all ingredients above in a 6.5 ounce slow cooker. Cook all day on low heat for 6-8 hours. After about 3 hours the house starts to smell like heaven. By the time you are ready to gather around the table your family will be salivating. No joke. Just try it for yourself and see.
If you want to cook it faster, you can cook it on high for 4-6 hours. It just keeps getting better and better over time. You can also use left over meatballs or even cut up meat loaf. Use your imagination! Serve topped with shredded cheddar cheese and saltines if you like!
Now get in your kitchen and try it out. This is the perfect meal to use those leftover burgers on a rainy day in June!
Health and well-ness from our kitchen to yours!
~ "Too Lovely" Hot Messes at the grill and in the kitchen