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5 Bean Chili – #SundaySupper

Ok, so how many of you have kids that are just so sick of sandwiches? Or just don’t care for them? OR are just picky?! I happen to have a couple of those, and yet they want so badly to take lunch to school. I can’t blame them, the cafeteria food at their school is just, gross. I tried to come up with a more polite way of saying it, but lets face it, it’s gross. Poor kids don’t even get access to salt & pepper! Savage, right?!

Not to worry! #SundaySupper, along with our gracious host Christie Campbell from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures, are here to give you ideas for hot lunches to send your kids to school with. I never thought I could send hot lunches to school with my kids. I don’t know about your kids, but mine do not have access to a microwave while at school. So how do you keep food hot?

You would be amazed at the items available these days, from insulated lunch bags, to insulated containers that go beyond a thermos. Here’s one I really like:

Thermos Foogo – They have other colors besides pink, of course. This is a 10 oz food container, vacuum insulated to keep food hot or cold. It keeps things warm for 5 hours and cold for 7. The outside of the thermos doesn’t get hot, so it’s fine to put it in your lunch bag with cold items. Also, it’s easy to open. This particular one was designed with kids in mind. Yea it’s a thermos, but you can put so much more than just soup in it. Try leftover pasta from the night before, or a real kid favorite like mac & cheese.

Or, how about the recipe I’ve got for you today? This would go perfectly into that cute container, and would stay hot/warm until lunch time. My 5 bean chili! Now, I make my chili on the mild side because that’s just how I roll. My kids appreciate it too, and in fact they love this recipe. Even my bean hater doesn’t mind mom’s chili. It’s so simple too, because I make this in my 6 quart, black, oval Crockpot, and I just LOVE my Crockpot!

First you want to brown up 2 pounds of ground beef along with a bunch of chopped onion. I used two medium onions. As you can already tell, this recipe makes quite a bit of chili. It’s perfect for taking to a potluck, or you can freeze some of it. I have some in the freezer right now.

Once you’ve got the beef all browned up and the onion soft, drain it, if necessary, depending on how lean your meat is. Then just dump it in the slow cooker! The rest of this recipe, is pure dumping.

Drain your 5 cans of beans, and dump those into the slow cooker on top of your beef. I’ve got light red kidney beans, Cannellini beans, black beans, dark red kidney beans, and pinto beans.

Now dump in your 3 cans of Rotel, chili seasoning mixes, tomato sauce, water and salt & pepper. Then mix it up to combine it all real good. Cover, and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Garnish however you wish. For mine, I went heavy on some low-fat Mexican cheese blend, and a nice dollop of light sour cream. There are a lot of ways we have topped this delicious chili. We’ve used corn bread, fritos, tortilla chips, chopped fresh cilantro, jalapeno slices for those that enjoy a spicy kick. Top it with whatever your favorite toppings are.

Like I mentioned before, this makes a ton of chili, so why not turn leftovers into chili dogs? Or, how about Chili Cheese Burritos? I found that recipe over on Meggan’s blog Culinary Hill. So as you can see this chili is versatile, easy to make, delicious, and perfect for packing into your child’s thermos to take to school for lunch. Add a home made corn muffin, some fruit or a veggie like carrot sticks & celery along with their favorite dip and you’ve got a full and happy kid! It’s time to go beyond sandwiches, and add extra love into the lunch boxes!


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5 Bean Chili Yum
Recipe by: Christine Titus
  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground beef with the onions, breaking up clumps.
  2. Transfer beef mixture to slow cooker.
  3. Add beans, Rotel, seasoning mix, tomato sauce, water and salt and pepper. Stir everything together well. Cover and cook on high setting for 4 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours.
  4. Ladle into bowls and serve with your favorite toppings and some cornbread.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Sandra Lee

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