Crockpot chili and cornbread are just what you need when the days and nights start getting colder.
Daylight savings is really messing me up. 5:20pm and it’s already pitch black outside? What is this?! Oh, right, wintertime. Jason and I made dinner last night and it was 6:30pm and I thought it was 8:30pm. Ridiculous. Maybe this explains why I’m so tired lately. All the yawning and headaches. Definitely a sign of daylight savings falling back. The cure? More crockpot recipes to keep me warm and my tummy happy!
I love chili. It’s the ultimate comfort food for me. I remember when Jason and I first started dating – it was one of the first things we made together :) we made it for Superbowl Sunday – the second one we spent together because the first one, that was when we met ;) There’s something about a big bowl of chili and football on the tv that makes it feel very American and homey.
I made this huge batch of chili and cornbread for Jason’s family when they came to visit us a few weeks ago. It was quickly inhaled by all. Everyone loved it! The leftovers the next day were even better. I love recipes that have leftovers that taste even better the longer they’re sitting.
The chili had great depth of flavor and the spices were spot on. The cornbread was sweet and it was perfect to crumble on top of the chili and eat it together. I will admit, though, my favorite part (besides eating it) was the mini topping bar I created for everyone. I put the toppings in little ramekins and had everyone put their own toppings on. It’s fun :) One thing I should mention though is that some of you might not like this recipe because you have to brown the meat beforehand BUT I believe in that step because it really does give the meat more flavor and a nice browned taste.
Grab the ingredients, throw them in the crockpot (and bake the cornbread), and you’ve got yourself a happy belly. Oh, and it definitely helps fight the cold weather!
FYI – there are two recipes below!