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Back-to-School Family Meal: Chunky Garden Slow Cooker Chili with Sirloin

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It's here! We are full into our fall classes, and I'm so excited to see all the fun things my kids will be learning in our homeschool this year. While I have been blessed to be able to enroll my older kids in a few online courses taught by some fantastic teachers, the meals weren't something I could easily outsource.

See how a simple chili can make a back-to-school meal special!

Thankfully, my husband Sam saved the day (and the next day) with this slow-cooker chili that can cook overnight while you sleep, then will be ready to set to "warm" until you eat it for lunch. We had a great time allowing the kids to top their chili with a variety of shredded cheese, Mexican Crema, black olives, and green onions. Saltines make it a meal, too!

To make this delightful chunky garden slow cooker chili with sirloin, you'll need the following ingredients. Use what you have in your garden, and get the extras at your local store:
  • 1 46 oz. can 100% tomato juice
  • 3 large ripe tomatoes or 1 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 large green peppers, chopped
  • 6 oz. sirloin steak, cooked and chopped
  • 3 cans chili beans
  • 1 package chili seasoning packet
  • 1 jalepeno pepper, whole (optional -- you'll remove this after cooking)
Combine all the ingredients into the slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours, then turn to warm until serving.

See how a simple chili can make a back-to-school meal special!

What toppings will your kids enjoy with their chili? Take this idea to another level and have a fun back-to-school chili bar and have the toppings all out in small dishes for the kids to put on by themselves!

See how a simple chili can make a back-to-school meal special!

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