Here are a couple of recipes I made this last week. They were delicious and perfect for these winter evenings.
1 lb hamburger
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped peppers (these can be green or red or yellow peppers or a combo of any of them)
1 cup chopped celery
2 14oz cans diced tomatoes
4 to 5 cups cooked red beans – Reserve a couple cups bean broth from cooking the beans
2T chili powder
1T hot pepper sauce (such as the brand Tabasco)
1T minced garlic
In a medium sized frying pan cook the hamburger and veggies until the meat is completely cooked and the veggies are tender. Put in crockpot. Add remaining ingredients and enough reserved bean broth to give it your desired consistency. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Serve with tortilla chips and salsa or cornbread and a green salad.
Potato Sausage Chowder
3 to 4 lbs potatoes, peeled and chopped
½ to 1 lb sausage, cooked
½ an onion, chopped
2 cups frozen corn
1 can evaporated milk
salt and pepper to taste
Cover the chopped potatoes with water and add about 2 teaspoons salt. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain off the water until it is at the same level as the potatoes.. make sure to save the potato water.
In a medium frying pan cook sausage and onion until sausage is completely cooked and onion is soft. Add to the potatoes. Add corn and evaporated milk. Stir and add some of the reserved potato water until you have a consistency that you desire. Add salt and pepper to taste.