It was another beautiful day here. Rainy in the morning, but the sun was out after lunch. We enjoyed time at the park with our homeschool group. We had a trip to the store. I worked on a few projects around the house. And at the end of the day we enjoyed a nice bowl of Black Bean Chili.
Black Bean Chili
- 1 pound dry black beans
- 1 packet mild chili seasoning
- 1 small can tomato paste
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1 pound chili meat
- Salt and pepper to taste
The night before: soak black beans in water. I do this in my Crock Pot. Just pour in beans, add enough water to cover and leave overnight. The next morning, drain and rinse, then add another 1 1/2 cups of water.
Sounds like a big pain? Beans are dirty. They need to be rinsed. Soaking and then rinsing is the best way to prepare dried beans.
After adding water, mix in chili seasoning, onion, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and chili meat. Stir to mix well.
While this was cooking, we were busy at Bible study, headed to the park after lunch to play with friends, bought supplies to completely reorganize our Littles’ closet … it was a busy day. I love when I can throw dinner in the Crock Pot and go on with our lives.
Who wants to worry about dinner when you can play on a blanket at the park?
Using our Crock Pot allows us to go out and have fun while dinner takes care of itself.