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It starts off as one day a week and soon becomes a way of life. #SundaySupper has now expanded to #WeekdaySupper…
And for an easy weekday meal, Slow Cooker Aloha Chili definitely fits the bill!
You all know that I am part of #SundaySupper, and our mission is to bring back Sunday Supper Around the Family Table in every home. But the mission doesn’t end there. The goal to to make gathering loved ones together over a meal cooked from the heart and soul as many nights of the week as possible. And that doesn’t mean the meal has to be complicated or expensive or require special ingredients. Heck, make a Hamburger Helper – if it gets you and your spouse and kids together and talking instead of running in ten different directions or staring at your smartphones, then that is what really matters.
But that is also why #SundaySupper has expanded to #WeekdaySupper, where every Monday through Friday we bring you meals that are simple enough to make any night of the week, and are suited to busy families. You can see what’s cooking up this week at the bottom of this post. And don’t forget about the #SundaySupper and #WeekdaySupper Pinterest boards!
I always joke that I have a love/hate relationship with my slow cooker. I love how easy it makes meal preparation, but as a stay-at-home-mom that is home nearly every afternoon while The Bug naps, I hate that it makes me hungry as I smell the food cooking ALL DAY! This was definitely one of those dishes that made me anxious for dinnertime. I didn’t make it too spicy because of The Bug, but it was a delicious combination of sweet heat with the rich, meaty bites of beef and beans and tomatoes, and surprising bursts of the juicy, sweet pineapple.
This does require a little advance prep work, simply in the form of browning the beef and chopping some ingredients. But you could definitely do that while you are prepping dinner the night before, if you are short on time in the morning, then the next day just dump and run. You’ll come home to a perfect one pot meal. Just pull some cheese and sour cream out of the fridge, and maybe some tortilla chips out of the pantry. Or perhaps you baked some cornbread over the weekend, or even just picked some up at the store. Or, if you have time, make up some Zucchini Tater Tots, which is what we had with the chili. You are good to go!! And let me tell you how excited I am to have the leftovers in my freezer for an easy meal after baby arrives!
Oh, and you know how I know this is a perfect #WeekdaySupper? Because it was totally Bug Approved!
What do you like to make in your slow cooker for an easy weeknight meal?
Slow Cooker Aloha Chili
- 1 1.2-2 lbs ground beef
- Two 15.5 oz. cans of kidney beans
- One 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
- 1 1/2 c chopped pineapple
- 1 1/2 c chopped carrots
- 1 red pepper chopped
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 T chili powder or more, if desired
- 1/2 c water
- 1 t salt or to taste
- freshly ground black pepper
- Optional shredded cheddar cheese Greek yogurt/sour cream, chopped avocado, minced onion, tortilla chips, etc. for serving
- In a pan, brown the ground beef, and drain the excess grease.
- Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 4-6 hours. If it is too thik, add additional water, or too thin, let cook uncovered for awhile.
- Serve with desired toppings.