Stephanie O'Dea's Poor Man's Chili
The Perfect Fall Comfort Food
This is a clean-out-the pantry recipe. One of the best things about slow cooking is how you can use pantry staples to make a new family favorite. If you don't have black beans, use pinto beans. If you don't have canned corn, use frozen. This is a very customizable meal---use what you have on hand.
Use a 6-quart slow cooker. Drain the beans and corn, and put the can contents into your crock. Top with tomatoes and the pasta sauce. Stir in spices, and add cinnamon stick. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or on high for about 4. If the tomatoes haven't popped on their own, gently poke them with a wooden spoon to pop before serving.
This freezes and reheats well. Try stretching the leftovers the next day on top of a baked potato.
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Stephanie O'Dea is the New York Times best-selling author of the Make it Fast, Cook it Slow Cookbooks and Totally Together: Shortcuts to an Organized Life
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