Friday, September 15, 2017

Smoky Four Bean Chili

This post was sponsored by S&W Beans and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. 

Whenever the temperature starts to fall, I love incorporating more crockpot recipes and soups into our weekly dinners. They are so easy to make and there is nothing better than coming home from a busy day at school to a house that smells amazing and dinner already made! Something I've recently started doing is making a double batch of some recipes and freezing half to eat later. It cuts down on prep time and I cannot tell you how many occasions I've been grateful to have a fully cooked meal that only needs to be defrosted and reheated! Chili is one of those recipes that easily makes a double batch and freezes really well. So I always get excited about making in fall. My husband raves about the first bowl of chili each fall season and always says it hits the spot. Over the years I've created my own chili recipe that my family loves that I am sharing here today. 

When I make chili, I like adding different types of beans because it adds color, taste, and texture to the chili. It helps my chili look good and taste great! S&W Beans are the beans I prefer for cooking for several reasons. They have the highest standards in the industry and have been delivering premium quality for over 120 years. With all that experience, they are definitely experts. I just love the variety of flavors they have available. All the different flavors available really makes S&W Beans so versatile. They have so many varieties other than the classic flavors including 50% less sodium and organic options. When I make my chili, I often turn to canned beans and other canned ingredients. The convenience and time savings is so worth it. And I know I am not sacrificing taste when I use S&W Beans too. You can even get a printable coupon for $1 off 2 cans of S&W Beans now through 12/31/2017 through the S&W Beans website here

One thing I love about this recipe is that you literally throw everything into the crock pot, stir, and turn it on low. That's it! There is very minimal prep involved. I don't even cook the meat prior to putting it in the slow cooker. You certainly can, but it adds an extra time, extra dishes, and extra time so I normally skip it. The smoke flavoring is one of my favorite parts of the recipe. It adds such a delicious flavor to the chili, like it was cooked over a campfire. 

Smoky Four Bean Chili
1 can S&W Black chili beans
1 can S&W chili beans
2 cans S&W Kidney beans, drained and rinsed
3 cans diced tomatoes 
2 8oz cans tomato sauce 
1 16oz. bag frozen corn
2 onions, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2lb. ground turkey or beef
2T. minced garlic
4T. chili powder
1t. ground cumin
1t. ground black pepper 
2t. liquid smoke flavoring 
shredded cheese and sour cream for topping (optional) 

1. Add all ingredients except cheese and sour cream to 5 quart crock pot. Mix well making sure to break up the meat and stir in seasonings. 
2. Cook on low for 8 hours. This makes a large batch so feel free to freeze half for later! Serve topped with cheese and sour cream if desired. 

With the reds, yellows, and different colored beans, it makes such a pretty bowl of chili! The more color in my food the more excited I get about eating it! It looks so much more appetizing when I see all different colors in my bowl and adding different kinds of S&W Beans is the main part of that. 

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  1. This looks so good and makes me want fall to be here now. Perfect Sunday comfort food in my opinion!

  2. Ooh, what a great Fall dinner idea! Looks delicious!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  3. It is becoming chili season, and it's one of my faves!!
    Thanks for this, Laura!

  4. This looks so good! Bring on the fall and chili!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  5. OMG Chili is my favorite! I also love how convenient and healthy it is for meal prepping! Sometimes I add a ball of mozzarella to my chili to be extra indulgent and omg is it good!

    Thank you for sharing! Happy Weekend!
    Kier Mellour

  6. We are having a little heat wave here in STL! :( But, I def. want to make some once it cools down! I should try this recipe, I love trying different chili recipes and that is how I've found some of my favorites to make! YUM!


  7. I just dusted off my crock pot, I’m so ready for this crock pot season, so many goodies so little time. This smoky four bean chili looks delicious and it’s the perfect meal to pop in the freezer for an easy dinner.

  8. Gnammmmmmmmmmmmm!!!


  9. I love chili! The smoky flavor has me craving some now!

  10. This looks so delicious! Reminds me of fall!
    Stylin In St. Louis

  11. I am with Carrie, we are having a heat wave, too. Breaking records with temps near 100. Come on, fall.

    Love the idea of adding different colors and textures of beans and the liquid smoke!! Genius.

  12. Wow!!! It seems good!!!
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  13. Laura, that looks so good! I love that it is easy to make too! Looks like the perfect comfort food!

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  14. Yes! It's finally the perfect time of year for chili...and one can never have too many chili recipes!