Saturday, November 13, 2010

Slow Cooker Creole Chili + French Rockin' Boogie

We've been having glorious weather here in Cajun country, with warm and sunny days and cool nights. Some might call it Indian Summer, but we're supposed to get some rain, tomorrow, and then a cold front, so I thought that I would prepare a big pot of Slow Cooker Creole Chili to take the chill off. This recipe was given to me by a dear friend, many years ago, and it's spicy, smoky taste is one that you will love and long remember. Cest bon, cher!

  Slow Cooker Creole Chili

1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 pkg. Andouille or other smoked sausage, diced
1 cup onions, finely chopped
1/2 cup each, green and red bell peppers, finely chopped
3 stalks celery, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup green onions, sliced, (tops included)
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 or 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped

1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
or 1 15 oz. can diced  Rotel tomatoes w/green chilies, undrained
1  10.75 oz. can tomato puree
2  15 oz. cans tomato sauce
1  15 oz. can Ranch Style Beans w/Jalapenos
2   tbs.'s Worcestershire sauce
1  envelope "hot" chili seasoning mix
1  tbs. or more Creole seasoning (recipe below)
Salt and hot sauce to taste

In large skillet, brown the ground beef and sausage and drain excess oil. In 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 qt. slow cooker, stir together all of the other ingredients and mix well. Add the browned meat mixture and mix well again. Cover and cook on low heat for 7 to 8 hours, or on high for 4 to 5 hours. Serves 8 Serve with a big tossed salad and cornbread muffins. Cest bon cher! Enjoy!

I am entering this chili in the Texas Star Chili Cook-Off .

Miz Helen’s Country Cottage


For my cornbread muffin recipe, click here.
Although I sometimes use a variety of commercial Cajun and Creole seasonings, I also like to make my own. Here's a recipe for one of my Creole seasoning blends that I used in this recipe. I like to make up batches of my own seasonings and store in airtight containers to use as needed. The heat and salt can be adjusted to your own taste.

Creole Seasoning Blend # 2
2 tbs.'s salt
2 tbs.'s onion powder
2 tbs.'s garlic powder
2 tbs.'s paprika
1 tbs. cayenne pepper
1 tbs. black pepper
1 tbs. chili powder
1 tbs. celery flakes
1 tbs. dried thyme

Place all ingredients in food processor and pulse until well blended.
Store in air tight container and pour into a shaker, and use as needed.

Note: For a milder version, cayenne pepper may be cut to 1 tsp.
Also, salt may be reduced by half, for those on low salt diets.

I've had a a few requests for some Zydeco music and here's a little clip that I took of Cajun country's favorite Zydeco dance band, Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie, rockin' the crowd at the Bayou Vermilion Festival in October. Crank it up for this one, cher and let the good times roll!

 Geno Delafose French Rockin' Boogie

Hope ya'll are having a fun and fantastic weekend! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!


Chef Dennis said...

I love chili! I have never had a cajun chili, but it sounds so good!!
Thanks so much for sharing your seasoning blend with us, and whats chili without cornbread!
Thanks for sharing

Pooch Purple Reign said...

i havent lived....
thank you
~laura x

judi said...

Sigh, I want it now!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Now you have really tempted me!! Chili is my absolute favourite and your variety must be better than anything I have ever tasted. I would willingly dive into a vat of it and swim in it! Also it is rather 'chilly' here and this would really cheer me up along with your pleasant company of course.

cookingwithgas said...

oh- tasty and I like you added in your Cajun seasonings.
I am not a jar person and orefer to add or make my own.
I have plenty of beef- I am going to put this on soon!

kitchen flavours said...

Your chili looks good! I have just had a first experience cooking chili a couple of weeks ago, my kids loved it. Looks like I'll be making one again soon!

Joanne said...

This is one thing I love about this time of year, the great comfort foods that start simmering :)

Kathryn Magendie said...

Chili is one of my all-time favorite fall/winter foods! I used to eat it with lots of saltines - but now I love to eat it with cornbread! Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

I love your blog!

John said...

Not sure I want to hear about your weather; cold, grey and Autumn here.

JİVAGO said...

Bonjour I can not decide that which I have to prefer these delicios food...the best all of them worthy of a small piece.Cheers! Mon ami..Wishing you a wonderful Sunday and a new week from Türkiye with 3000 years old food culture. Hugs and love, Zhivago

JİVAGO said...

My translator not giving the real meaning in my blog, so I have to look a new one.

Marguerite said...

Dennis- So good to hear from you, cher! Merci, so glad you like the chili and hope you give it a try! You're so welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

Pooch- Thanks, wish you lived here! We would have a blast! You're welcome, cher!

judi- So glad you like it! Go ahead and make it, it's very easy! Thanks for coming by, cher!

Eddie- Merci beaucoup for your sweet comment, cher! I would send you a big bowl, if I could! lol But seriously, it's so easy, even you could make it! lol Cheers!

cwg- Thanks, it really is fab and I hope you try it! You're welcome, fresh seasonings are best and make all the difference! Enjoy!

kf- Thanks, it's my fave and is full of flavor! It is very spicy and hot, so you might want to adjust the heat, for the kids.

nanny said...

Oh yum....cajun chili!!! will put this on my grocery list!!

Drick said...

this would surely warm up those chilly nites - perfect my friend and all the flavors I do so love ... nice seasoning blend, you know I use my own too...will have to compare...

Eddie Bluelights said...

Love it! LOL . . . . You say, "Even you could make it!" LOL. You don't know what you are saying, sweet Marguerite! Kitchens and Eddie just do not mix! . . . . but I will try - let's hope I don't end up with yet another lump of charcoal! LOL

You know I really love coming here to your blog. I think I shall call it "Sanctuary" - perhaps not quite the right word but I am never hungry here, I am entertained and . . . . shhh! . . . when there is nobody around I switch on one of your Dancing YouTubes and glide round the study in a trance to the music! LOL
Love and hugs ~ Eddie

KarenG said...

I have all these ingredients! Well, except for the cajun seasoning, which I must get if I keep reading your blog :)

Jo said...

I have a particular weakness for chili, and this looks delicious. Thank you...!

I always get hungry when I visit your blog. :-)



Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

OK, I'm coming to your house for Thanksgiving. I imagine it to be a feast that lasts for several days, where no one ever really gets up from the table because there's just so much good stuff to constantly sample.

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who gets hungry when visiting your blog!

Nancy said...

That chili sounds like it packs a punch - I can't wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe for one of your very own spice blends.

Marguerite said...

Joanne- I like comfort foods, too, but I love summer foods more! Big salads, grilled seafood, and veggies, and fresh fruits! Yum!:)

Kathryn- So glad you like it! Chili and cornbread are a great combo and I hope you try it! Thanks, I love your blog, too, cher! Merci for coming by!

John- Well, if it will make you feel any better, it just started raining, here, and they are calling for 3 to 5 inches tomorrow, and much cooler temps! lol Cheers!

Zhivago- Merci for your lovely comment, mon ami! This chili is fab and you might want to take a big bowl with you! lol Hope you have a wonderful week, too, cher!

nanny- So glad you want to try it! It's out of this world, especially if you use the seasoning blend, too. Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by!

Drick- Thanks, so glad you like it! This chili is perfect for cold weather and the andouille gives it a good flavor. Sometimes I add a little beer, too. :)

Learn, Laugh, Cook said...

Oh my! I can't wait to try this! I'm so happy you posted a Slow Cooker recipe. I need something I don't have to worry about for hours so I can finish up all the details of my cookbook. Thank you! I hope you'll share more slow cooking recipes like this.

All the best!

(from Mandy's Life After 30)

p.s. - this is the new blog that I've started:


oh, just the perfect scrumptious dish for days like today, dear lady! and you're so right about those recent magnificent indian summer days/nights - just incredible! i wrote back to delaware about them day after day!!! ;)

Anonymous said...

I just wanted you to know that I'm super impressed with your cooking skills. WOW

Marguerite said...

Eddie- lol, a lump of charcoal! Thank you so much for the lovely compliments, cher! It makes me so happy that you enjoy the videos. Glide on!! lol Cheers!

Karen- Well that's not a problem, since I've included a recipe for the creole seasoning, for this chili, in this post! It's so easy to make your own! Enjoy!

Jo- Great to hear from you! Thanks, so glad you like it and hope you try it! You're welcome, and I'll take that as a compliment! :)

Trish- You would be more than welcome to come to dinner! Thanks, and you're right, I cook for three days for Thanksgiving and my family does a lot of sampling! lol

Nancy- Thanks, it does, if you follow the recipe, but you can reduce the amount of heat to suit your own tastes. You're welcome, it's so easy to make, and fresh seasonings are so much better! Enjoy!

Pat Tillett said...

We just had some great chili for dinner. Maybe next time we'll try yours! thanks!

Rose Whisperer said...

First, I apologize in the delay in responding to your comment about my Bananas Foster Cake. I had a death in the family, and have not been checking in as often. But, thank you for your comments (I don't know how to comment back w/o going to the person's blog), but I'm glad I did. Love it here! And, I'm now following. Have a great Thanksgiving! Stacey

Debbie said...

Sad that we missed getting to go to the Sugar Bowl...sad that Arkansas lost. Oh well...on to chili and snow days:) Come join me for Crock Pot Wednesdays whenever you can.

Martha (MM) said...

Thanks for linking this one up to the slow cooker recipe round up. I know my husband and the boys will absolutely love this!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Marguerite,
Let The Good Times Roll indeed! Your Chili looks awesome and you know I will be cranking that music when I am trying your chili. I am so excited that you entered it in The Texas Star Chili Cook Off 2011. Thank you so much for your entry and good luck with the Cook Off!
Miz Helen

Anita Stafford said...

This chili sounds very delicious and cajun unique!