Are you going to eat all of that cheese?
Although it warmed up into the 30's - Partner and I had no urge to head out Sunday afternoon to do anything. Tired from house projects, it was just a good day to make up a big pot of something we can eat for a couple of days with plenty of leftovers to freeze.
Lunch was easy.
But I still need something for dinner. OK - I sort of winged this one, not sure how it would turn out and it turned out better than expected so Partner in Grime said I should post.
Ginger Ale. Partner in Grime gave it two thumbs up and said he was glad I made a huge crockpot full so we could freeze some. Being an Illinois native, the man has NEVER had Frito Chili Pie - so guess what is on the menu tomorrow night?
In a crockpot add
1 - 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes with juice (I love Muir organic, they have a zippier taste)
2 - 8 ounce cans tomato sauce
1/2 Tablespoon (one and 1/2 teaspoons) apple cider vinegar
1/8 cup honey
1 tsp hot sauce
1/2 Tablespoon (1 and 1/2 teaspoons) Molasses
5 teaspoons minced garlic from the jar
1 can chopped green chilies
1 and 1/2 teaspoons Jane's Krazy Mixed Up Salt (a lower sodium salt/herb blend found in a lot of grocers that Big Bro and used all the time)
Several grinds of fresh black pepper
1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper.
Stir in one 12 ounce can of ginger ale (NOT diet) and simmer on low for 5-6 hours. (Note: my crockpot tends to run pretty hot - I'm sure you could cook this for 8 hours on low in most crockpots).
Serve with a dollop of sour cream and cheese if you like, some crackers, and a frosty beverage.
Makes enough to feed a large family with leftovers.