Today is a slow cooker kind of day, not because it’s cold outside, or dreary (It’s actually really sunny). It’s all because I am feeling lazy. I have spend the last three days buying school supplies, going through the kids clothes for donations, and cutting kids hair. I am spent. I just want to curl up on the couch in my yoga pants, drink my tea, and write!
I love writing, always have. I am not the best at it, however, it helps me to relax when I am stressed. I am especially stressed now because my kids start school tomorrow and I am having major surgery in a month (that’s a whole other to do list). I still need to help my kids pack their lunches tonight. I know, I know, they are old enough to pack their own. Even so, I still worry they aren’t eating enough or properly.
Anyway….now that I am done whining for the day I will continue with my original thought. Today is a slow cooker kind of day. I decided on black bean chicken Chile. I am so hungry waiting on it to finish cooking that I am on the verge of salivating.
This chili is so simple to make, it only contains chicken, green pepper, jalapeno, garlic, onion, tomatillo, black beans, chicken broth, and spices. It’s all brought together in a slow cooker and you my friend, get to relax. No watching over the pot or constant stirring. No worrying if your going to burn something. It’s great! The only thing I have any over the stove time for is the flour I use to thicken the chili.
I used some prepared ingredients for this meal because of the, you know, laziness. When I am purchasing the ingredients, I read the labels very carefully. I have had good luck at Aldi with finding prepared food with very little to no added ingredients in the foods. The black beans only have three ingredients; beans, water, and salt!! I get my chicken broth from there too since it only has 140 mg of sodium per serving and I can understand all of the ingredients.
Before I put the beans in the slow cooker, I make sure to give them a really good rinse. Even though I am using prepared foods, I would like to avoid as much of the added sodium as possible. After I chop up the rest of the ingredients, I arrange them in the slow cooker with the chicken and beans. This is purely for a photo opp and and has nothing to do with the flavor.
For the seasoning I added salt to taste, 2 tbsp chipotle powder, 1 tbsp cumin, 1 tbsp smoked paprika, 1 tbsp garlic granules, and 1 tbsp onion powder. If it’s not flavorful enough feel free to add more and really make this dish your own. I cook this on high for a few hours in three cups of chicken broth.
To thicken I add 1/4 cup flour to a pan with some olive oil. I cook it on medium heat until the flour is wet and smells slightly toasty. I add a cup of chicken broth and whisk on medium high until thickened, then add the mixture to the slow cooker. When it is finished I like to add a few dashes of red wine vinegar to the pot for extra flavor. I hope you all enjoy the meal and your relaxing day!