I Ruined the Meat Slow Cooker Chili

December 29, 2015 - 5:20 pm

This fail is my fault and it could have been avoided. I cook a lot of chicken with my slow cooker and with enough trial and error I've solved the dryness problem (hint: it involves liquid, a mixture of chicken breasts and thighs, and just the right amount of cooking time on low). I rarely cook any type of beef. So, when I found what sounded like a delicious recipe for Texas Beef Chili on Once Upon a Chef, I tried to outsmart my cow and prepared the recipe as outlined except I put everything into the slow cooker. The result was excellent flavored chili with very tough and dry meat.

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Short Rib Chili with Chocolate Stout

December 31, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Last week, I went to the store without a plan, which is generally a bad idea. Normally, I'm not so good at shopping without something specific in mind and I end up with 11 ingredients that don't go well together and a pint of ice cream. I had it in my head that I wanted something beefy, but I wasn't sure what that might be. When I saw boneless short ribs, I remembered a really delicious short rib chili I once had, so I Googled a recipe while I was in the store, picked up all of the ingredients, and off I went to cook. Food 52's Short Rib Chile was actually third on Google's list of results, but it has recently become a favorite site of mine so it was a no brainer.

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Ground Beef and Bacon 5050 Burger

March 20, 2012 - 8:05 pm

Don't be fooled by appearances, this is no ordinary burger. This is a special burger, a burger comprised of 50% ground beef and 50% ground bacon. It's pretty easy, a little bit messy, and a lot delicious. The idea came from a local restaurant that I've only had dreams of visiting, Slater's 50/50. I hope to make the trip there someday soon, but in the mean time, this is an adequate substitute.

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Bacon Wrapped Cheddar Meat Loaf

July 3, 2011 - 2:27 pm

If you have any known health issues, I suggest you stop reading here. This is bad for your heart, your cholesterol, your weight, and probably your bones and even your ears. Other than the magnificent taste, I'm pretty sure there is not a single redeeming thing about this dish nutritionally. But I also think this is something you have to make once in your life. If you ever find yourself on death row, it would make a great last meal. I'd die with a smile on my face if this were my last meal. Adapted from AllRecipes.

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Cowboy Spaghetti

November 27, 2010 - 1:53 pm

This recipe was quick, cheap, and easy. We had enough for heaping portions for dinner and leftovers the next day all for under $20. Adapted from blogchef.net

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Southwestern Beef Stew with Stout and Quinoa

November 20, 2010 - 5:44 pm

What was meant to be a stew turned into more of a soup. We were starving and didn't want to let some of the liquid evaporate so we ate it as it was prepared. I liked the flavor of the soup; the corn especially provided a nice contrast from the smoky chipotle flavor. If I were to make it again, the meat definitely needed to be tenderized and cooked more slowly. Adapted from Know Whey

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