Don’t you just love a piping hot bowl of spicy chili on a cold Autumn evening? If so, try a bowl of Malone’s Famous Crime-Fighters Chili for dinner tonight. You don’t have to be an actual crime-fighter to enjoy it. Crime fiction readers love it just as much.
If you’ve read my new crime fiction novel, Come What May, then you know that protagonist Ben Malone can be a gourmet cook when he puts his mind to it. That’s especially true when he is trying to impress an attractive woman like Sara Bernstein with his culinary skills. But sometimes after a hard day of crime-fighting, Malone opts for something simple and easy to prepare, yet delicious for his dinner. That’s where Malone’s famous crime-fighters chili recipe comes in.
Having lived in the great state of Texas, where chili cookoff competition is fierce, I’ll admit Malone’s recipe isn’t going to take the blue ribbon at the Terlingua International Championship Chili Cookoff. But it’s darn good chili. Best of all, it’s the tastiest and easiest chili recipe you will ever find.
2 pounds of ground beef
1 (1 ounce) package of Williams Original Chili Seasoning
2 cans (15 ounces) Ranch Style® Beans
1 can (46 ounces) of tomato juice
1 teaspoon salt (optional)
- In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ground meat and then drain excess fat.
- Transfer browned ground meat to a slow cooker. Add chili seasoning mix, beans, salt, and tomato juice. Stir thoroughly.
- Turn on slow cooker to high. Allow chili to slow cook for four hours to thicken.
- Serve chili topped with grated cheddar cheese and onions if desired.
Pro Tip: Combine ingredients in the slow cooker before work and slow cook the chili on low all day. Your delicious Malone’s Famous Crime-Fighters Chili will be ready to eat when you arrive home.
Note that while Malone swears by both Williams Original Chili Seasoning and Ranch Style Beans, you can substitute your favorite brands of chili seasoning and chili beans if desired.
The recipe makes about 6-8 servings.