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crockpot chili

KaimukiMan Oct 19, 2007 08:36 PM

im start some chili in the crock pot in about an hour should i brown the meat before i put it in the pot? other things i have made didnt seem to need it (pot roast, pulled pork). wondering if all the burger will cook into a big lump... i want chili, not meat loaf. should i "stir" it a few times to prevent this?

thanks chowhounds!

  1. KaimukiMan Oct 20, 2007 09:39 AM

    I had to unexpectedly leave the house, so i just threw it all in last night (raw meat) and hoped for the best. It tastes great, although it is a bit pale in color. I think browning the meat first would have made it better, but it came out OK this way.


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    1. re: KaimukiMan
      KaimukiMan Oct 23, 2007 12:18 AM

      before i took it to the potluck I browned some additonal meat and threw it in along with some more seasonings. the extra meat added texture and flavor that would have been otherwise missing.

    2. chowser Oct 20, 2007 08:04 AM

      I precook the meat, mix teh ingredients to heat and then transfer to a crockpot. I like adding cornmeal so it's a little thicker.

      1. DiveFan Oct 20, 2007 12:48 AM

        - Don't use ground beef, use chuck diced into 1/2" cubes.
        - Absolutely brown it first!
        - Use less water than a regular recipe.

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