Step 1: Ingredients
- 1 onion (diced)
- 3-5 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 2 large cans of whole peeled tomatoes
- 1 large can of crushed tomatoes
- 3 regular cans of red kidney beans
- 3 tbsps of olive oil
- 2-4 tbsps of chili powder*
- Cooked ground beef/turkey
- Rehydrated Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)
- Cottage cheese or sour cream
- Grated cheddar cheese
- Bread with a nice crust
- Grilled cheese sandwich
- Tabasco sauce
*Here in the States, chili powder is a mixture of spices, so if you're elsewhere in the world, you'll likely have to mix your own (example recipe).
Note: When I worked at a small nonprofit, we would have "Slow Cooker Fridays", and this was the favorite meal to make. The ingredients were divided up.
-Onions, garlic, and olive oil
-Bread, croutons, cheese, etc.
I usually brought the chili powder, and there was already salt in the kitchen. If you work in a small office, I highly recommend trying this out with your coworkers. Freshly cooked food is such a relief, and it removes a bit of tension and stress in the office.
Step 2: Microwave Garlic and Onion
Note: I microwaved this batch for 3.5 minutes at 70% power.
Tip for Mincing Garlic:
- Place the garlic clove under the flat portion of the knife and hit the knife quickly with the butt of your hand.
- Remove the skin of the clove.
- Return clove under the flat portion of the knife and hit the knife with the butt of your hand until the clove is smashed.
- Run the knife through the smashed clove until it's fully minced.
Step 3: Pour and Cook
Note: If you want meat or TVP, add it at this point.
Cook on low for 3-5 hours.
Serve and garnish.