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Jack and the Beanstalk Chili

I invented this chili for a chili cook-off. It didn’t win, but I was still pretty happy about the chili.
It’s named for all the beans, of course–five of them! The recipe is rather approximate, because chili is a rather approximate food.

Jack and the Beanstalk Chili

One (~15 oz) can of:
– Kidney beans
– Pinto beans
– Black beans
– Great Northern beans
– Butter beans
– Corn

Two cans of:
– Tomato sauce
– Diced tomatoes

One little can of tomato paste. You can add another one (or half of one) later, once it’s cooked a bit, if you want the chili to be thicker.

One onion, chopped as fine as you like.

Spices/flavors to taste:
– Garlic powder
– Crushed red peppers
– Cumin
– Salt
– Barbecue sauce (I like KC style; I used about 1/3 of a small bottle.)

There’s no chili powder! Because I didn’t have any. But, you could add some if you want.

Put everything in a crockpot and cook until done. That’s whenever you decide, really–mine cooked for 5-ish hours, but it didn’t really need that much time.

Serve with your favorite chili garnishes: cheese, sour cream, crackers or tortilla chips or Fritos or fresh bread, and be sure to offer extra red peppers to the dragons in your life.

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