Soul food ingredients and flavors take over the slow cooker for this unique spin on chili. Hearty yet healthy, this comfort food can be eaten year-round.
Sometime I make a recipe that I know right away will be a hit. It doesn’t happen often but it happens. Like my Slow Cooker Gumbo. As soon as I tasted it, I knew it would be popular. To-date, it’s been pinned over 80K times. This soul food chili is one of those recipes. At least I think so lol.
Soul food. I love it. My maternal grandmother was born & raised in North Carolina. She cooked southern, soul food like no other. I pulled some of her favorite southern ingredients for this recipe – pork, chicken, black-eyed peas and lima beans. Only thing missing is chitterlings. I thought that would be going too far! If you don’t know what chitterlings are…Google it. You’ll thank me for not adding them.
Before you add the meat to the slow cooker, I suggest you brown it in a skillet and drain the grease. It’s not 100% necessary but personally I don’t like greasy chili.
- 1 lb ground chicken, browned
- 1 lb ground pork, browned
- 15 ounces black-eyed peas
- 15 ounces lima beans
- 28 ounces diced tomatoes
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp pepper
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- Add all ingredients to the slow cooker.
- Stir to mix well.
- Cook HIGH 2-3 hours or LOW 4-6.
Okay the peas & beans. If you you’re using frozen black-eyed peas and/or lima beans, throw them in frozen. For canned, drain and rinse them. If you’re using dry, then be sure to pre-soak the peas overnight first. You can even soak them in your slow cooker – add beans, cover with water, strain the next morning. If you don’t like chicken or pork then swap it out for a different protein like ground beef or ground turkey.
This is another recipe using food from my Milk and Eggs delivery. I told you it’s the ‘gift that keeps on giving’. I specifically picked up some ground chicken from them with this recipe in mind. Local residents of LA or Orange County, use the code FSCQ for $15 off any order of $35 or more from Milk and Eggs. Valid for new & existing users.
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