Beet & chicken crock pot chili

BeFunky_DSC09665.jpg  I have had a vintage crock pot for years but I only started using it recently and every time I finish an easy and delicious meal,  I kick myself for not using it sooner. On days when I have piles of laundry and cranky kiddos the crock pot is a life saver.

Beet chili is so yummy (and pretty) and  with chicken added it is a hearty filling meal. This is great for those people who think they hate beets (dad I am talking about you!)  and it is a great way to add some extra vitamins to chili. This recipe calls for lentils but I have also used quinoa in the past for extra protein and it was just as yummy!  For a vegetarian version just omit the chicken!

A lot of people say to use gloves while working with beets but personally I love when my hands get stained pink and really it does come off with soap and water. When I cut off the beet tops I give them to my daughter to make pretty beet art with and usually she ends up covered in hot pink beet juice. A couple baby wipes later and she is all clean!

What you need

  • 1 pound boneless chicken breast ( omit for vegetarian version)
  • 4 large beets
  • 1 can organic pinto beans
  • 1 can organic kidney beans
  • 1 cup red lentils ( or quinoa for extra protein)
  • 2.5 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 2 tsp cracked red pepper
  • salt to taste
  • sour cream, I like Nancy’s

How to  make it

  • cook chicken breast  in a tablespoon of olive oil until it is nice and done, chop into pieces  and add to crock pot
  • chop beets and onions and add to crock pot with minced garlic
  • add cans of beans and lentils
  • add chicken or veggie broth
  • add seasonings
  • turn crock pot on high for 1 hour, med for 1.5 hours, or low for 2 hours
  • make sure lentils are nice and soft
  • serve with a dollop of sour cream!
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