Sarah D's Basic Chili
1 lb. ground beef
3 T. Olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1 T ground cumin
1/2 t ground chipotle pepper
3 T chili powder
3-16 oz. cans chopped tomatoes in juice (or fresh tomatoes adding sauce as needed)
2-16 oz. cans pinto beans drained (or dried beans, prepared)
1-2 t. salt
My recipe varies greatly but is similar to this. I simply brown the meat, onions and garlic in EVOO, season and put in the crock pot. Add remaining ingredients and let simmer for several hours on low in the crock pot. If it's too thick add extra water or sauce as needed.
If I am taking my chili from the freezer I just put it frozen in the crockpot and let simmer all afternoon.