Now that Will and I are officially living together (FINALLY!) and I’m still in the process of looking for a job– I’ve really enjoyed this season of playing the whole “housewife” role. And by housewife, I mean decorating and keeping the apartment clean, running errands, meal planning during the day, and being a live-in personal assistant to our spoiled fur baby Popcorn.
I mean, he certainly doesn’t mind. Your wish is my command, little guy.
But my favorite task of all has definitely been coming up with new recipes and healthy meal options for us to try each night. We’re still figuring out the whole idea of grocery budgeting (especially me 😉 ), so it’s been a new challenge to come up with recipes that are not only healthy and relatively simple, but also CHEAP!
Hellooooooo 15-bean chili!
Slow Cooker 15 Bean and Kielbasa Chili
(Recipe adapted from 365 Days of Slow Cooking)
Serves: 10-12, depending on how hungry you are 😉
- 1 package of Hurst’s HamBeens 15 Bean Soup (Ditch the seasoning packet that comes in the bag, for your own good!)
- 8 cups of water
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 3 tsp liquid smoke
- 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 12 oz smoked kielbasa, halved and sliced into thin rounds (I used turkey kielbasa)
- 1 (6 oz) can of tomato paste
- 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 tsp salt
1. Let beans soak overnight in a large bowl of water.
2. In the morning, drain the beans and place them into the slow cooker. Add in 8 cups of water. Add in onion, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, paprika, and minced garlic.
3. Cover and cook on high for about 8 hours, or if you really want to be nifty you can set it on low for about 11-12 hours– until beans start to become soft.
4. Once beans have become soft, add in the kielbasa, tomato paste, diced onions, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on high for another 45 minutes.
5. Serve alongside a delicious bowl of romaine with balsamic vinaigrette! Soup and salad– yum!
*Note: The night I served this it was much more like a soup, but the leftovers we’ve been enjoying have been much more like a chili. Call it what you may, as long as it starts with “delicious” 🙂